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Subject: Re: Caballe's Lucia (was Re: Caruso's Trill)
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:19:59 -0500

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Robert Levine wrote:

"I was at that Moffo matinee and we all thought she was drunk - it got worse
and worse and she was holding on to the curtain by the time the calls came
around. It was alarming to say the least. She looked absolutely stoned. I
later found out that there was NO COVER and she refused to stop anyway,
claiming there was nothing wrong."

Was she perhaps over-medicated?  If she was ill, she might have been taking something or 
had a shot to get her through the performance, and misjudged the dosage, or combined 
medications that shouldn't have been taken together.  That would explain the "stoned" 
behavior and the lack of judgment.

Moffo was indeed a fine soprano in her (short) prime and should be remembered by her best 
rather than her worst.  But alas, as Shakespeare wrote in "Julius Caesar," "The evil that men 
do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones."  Lots of people persist in 
thinking of Callas as a capricious, temperamental canceler, when she was in fact a 
consummate professional who canceled relatively infrequently.


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