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Subject: Re: Caballe's Lucia (was Re: Caruso's Trill)
From: daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 29 Dec 2016 14:38:34 -0500
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Beverly Johnson, her final teacher, said in an interview that Moffo’s was a Cadillac of a voice, but no one ever bothered to put gas in it.  My first voice teacher, the late Wayne Conner, told me he heard her Curtis graduation recital and it was all there even then.

Donald
> On Dec 29, 2016, at 1:19 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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.
> 
> MDW
> 
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