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Subject: Re: Carreras and his rep
From: Kurt Youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kurt Youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 27 Jan 2017 07:28:38 -0600

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Unfortunately I didn't get to attend, but there was the famous 1957 bilingual Chicago performance in which Giulietta Simionato switched back and forth between Italian and French.

The opera was supposed to have been sung in French but the tenor (perhaps Simoneau?) cancelled and his replacement only knew his role in Italian. Giulietta had sung Mignon in both languages and switched back and forth depending on who was onstage with her at the time.

Oh, to have been there...

Kurt Youngmann

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> On Jan 27, 2017, at 12:09 AM, Tom Frey <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Speaking of which, I wonder if we'll ever see a real revival of Thomas' Mignon in our lifetime, which for some of us, aint' gonna be all that long. It's got some great tunes, three great singing roles for lyric mezzo, tenor, and coloratura soprano, and there are singers around who could surely do it. I've got the Sony issue of the 1945 Rise Stevens broadcast from the Met, and I've listened to it several times. Am surprised that the Met didn't think of it in the decade of the 1950s with a cast like Stevens, Valletti, and Peters. Mignon enjoyed great popularity in the earlier part of the Twentieth Century (I even have a 1938 Jennie Tourel broadcast - in decent sound for it's time), but I guess it's now a dead duck. Just out of vogue, perhaps? 

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