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Subject: Re: Greatest Met Premiere (was Re: Richard Tucker and "La Juive")
From: Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:28:05 -0600
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Re your second paragraph below:  Yes, sadly, and your "the elements of 
'greatness' it had exhibited [until it died] can never die" is an eloquent 
and moving epitaph.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "donald kane" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:12 AM
Subject: Re: Greatest Met Premiere (was Re: Richard Tucker and "La Juive")


> Your explanation would have to include a description of either
> of those two "events" that  would show in what ways they
> rivaled the premiere of Fanciulla, which, unlike anything by
> Breil or Montemezzi, is fully documented.
>
> As a form, the art probably died at least half a century ago,
> but the elements of "greatness" which it had exhibited until then
> can never die.
>
> dtmk
>
> On Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 11:03 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> 
> wrote:
>> Donald Kane wrote:
>>
>> "Max owes us an explanation."
>>
>> You're right, I do.  I made a big mistake.  The greatest Met premiere was 
>> NOT Breil's "The
>> Legend," great though that opera is.  Rather, the greatest is 
>> Montemezzi's "La Notte di
>> Zoraima," which premiered at the Met in 1931, also with Ponselle in a 
>> leading role.  (She
>> seems to have made a habit of being in premieres of masterpieces.)
>>
>> Here is a photo of Ponselle as Zoraima:
>>
>> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santa_biondo_and_rosa_ponselle.jpg
>>
>> Her expression tells you everything you need to know about how she felt 
>> about the opera.
>>
>> And here is a glowing review of the opera's premiere performance:
>>
>> http://archives.metoperafamily.org/archives/frame.htm
>>
>> Such greatness no longer exists.  The art form is dying.
>>
>> Max
>>
>
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