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Subject: Riccardo Stracciari - was Rigoletto - among my favorite operas
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 6 Feb 2017 11:00:02 -0500

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Hi Kurt.  Yes, among the very greatest is -

Pavel Lisitsian, whom I did see in his Met "hail and farewell" as
Amonasro. His recorded legacy, across an enormous range of styles,
is as great as any I know, and much of his German lieder, even sung in
Russian, approaches vocal perfection rarely heard.


On Monday, February 6, 2017, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]
<javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml',[log in to unmask]);>> wrote:

> Stracciari ranks high in my pantheon of baritones with magnificent voices.
> (Although Gobbi is my god, I adore him for his all-around artistry, not
> necessarily his voice).
> The others on my list of greatest voices are Ruffo, Bastianini (my #1
> choice), Manuguerra, Warren and Erich Kunz, whose voice may not rank with
> the others in terms of majesty, but the sheer beauty of his sound never
> fails to move me. Others? No doubt I’m missing a few but I’m sure that more
> names will be mentioned in response.
> Kurt Youngmann
> On Feb 6, 2017, at 9:31 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Absolutely Don Paolo. Stracciari is probably, after Tito Gobbi, my
> favorite Italian baritone.
> "Hundreds of hysterical persons must confuse these phenomena with
> messages from the beyond and take their glory to the bishop rather than the
> eye doctor."  - James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

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