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Subject: Re: Richard Tucker and La Juive
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:22:39 -0500

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Ed Rosen sent the following post to opera-l in Jan, 2005.
Ed could, at times, be more enthusiastic than might be 
considered "fair and balanced", but he was a very close
friend and knew his career backwards, forwards and 
sideways. This should answer some of the questions that
have been raised.


On Mon, 31 Jan 2005 00:17:55 EST, Premiere Opera <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Richard Tucker first sang La Juive with The Friends of French Opera at
>Carnegie Hall in 1964. This, of course, was in concert form. There was also a
>performance given at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
>He next did Juive in another concert performance in London in June of 1973,
>which Roger writes about. One performance only, I believe.
>His first staged Juive was in New Orleans in October of 1973. There were two
>performances, and I was lucky enough to be there. He was more than
>sensational. One of the greatest and most moving operatic experiences of my life. His
>co-stars were Marisa Galvany, Rita Shane, and Paul Plishka.
>Next were the three staged performances of Juive given for Tucker at the
>Teatro Liceo in Barcelona just before his death. These were the finest of all, to
>judge by the tapes. I was supposed to go and wasn't able to. He sang one
>Carmen after the three Juives, at Christmas time, 1974, then came back to the
>states. He rehearsed Cav at the Met with Bumbry, a bit of which was played as part
>of a tribute to him by Francis Robinson after his death on January 8, 1975. He
>was due to sing Cav on Jan. 10 at the Met. Earlier that same season he had
>done 8 sensational performances of Pagliacci.
>He left with his friend Robert Merrill for Kalamazoo, Michigan, and died
>His long time dream of singing La Juive at the Met was finally approved, and
>he received the good news just days before his death. Alas, it was not to be.
>* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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