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From: Bob Dilley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Dilley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 10 Feb 2017 05:05:34 -0500

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Forsooth Opera Lovers!

Today we can celebrate the birthdays of:

Leontyne Price (1927)
Cesare Siepi (1923-2010)
Maria Cebotari (1910-1949)
Alessandro Bonci (1870-1940)

Also, Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann" and Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Snow
Maiden" premiered on this date in 1881 and 1882, respectively.

The quote for today is:  "I have never given all of myself, even
vocally, to anyone. I was taught to sing on your interest, not your
capital."     Leontyne Price.

 VINTAGE ICON MOVIE CARTOON DEBUTS:  On this date in 1940 Bill Hanna and
 Joe Barbara's TOM AND JERRY 
cartoon made its illustrious debut.

AN IMPORTANT ARTIST MEMORIALIZATION:  I have just learned that Nicolai
Gedda has joined Heaven's Choir on 8 January 2017.   Posted: 09 Feb 2017
11:07 AM PST.

Nicolai Gedda (born Harry Gustaf Nikolai Gädda) (11 July 1925 – 8
January 2017) was a Swedish operatic tenor. Debuting in 1952, Gedda had
a long and successful career in opera until the age of 77 in June 2003,
when he made his final operatic recording. Skilled at languages, he
performed operas in French, Russian, German, Italian, English, Czech,
and Swedish; as well as one in Latin. In January 1958, he created the
part of Anatol in the world premiere of the American opera Vanessa at
the Metropolitan Opera. Having made some two hundred recordings, Gedda
is one of the most widely recorded opera singers in history...over 200.
His singing is best known for its beauty of tone, vocal control, and
musical perception.

I would add to this obituary that his peerless 1973 recording of
Rossini's "Guillaume Tell" with Montserrat Caballe and Gabriel Bacquier
is iconic among operatic recordings.

As always, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our birthday artists for today and
all forum members who share their birthday with them.

 ARTISTS' EVENTS salutes these artists for their enduring contributions
 to the world of classical music.

 ARTISTS' EVENTS honors the following Hall of Fame peerless artists for
 their profound contributions to the world of opera:

 Tenor of all tenors Enrico Caruso (25 February 1873-2 August 1921)
 Coloratura prima donna assoluta Erna Berger (19 October 1900-14 June
 Soprano prima donna assoluta Rosa Ponselle (22 January 1897-25 May
 Prima contralto assoluta Fedora Barbieri (4 June 1920-4 March 2003)
 Baritone unequaled Leonard Warren (21 April 1911-4 March 1960)
 Basso profundo of all bassos Ezio Pinza (18 May 1892-9 May 1957)

 In memory of the following first rate artists for February 2017:

 Primo tenore  Alfred Piccaver (5 Feb 1884-23 Sep 1958)
 Coloratura stupenda Erna Sack (6 Feb 1898-2 Mar 1972)
 Soprano prima donna Renata Tebaldi (1 Feb 1922-19 Dec 2004)
 Contralto assoluta Clara Butt (1 Feb 1872-23 Jan 1936)
 Baritone unparalleled Geraint Evans (16 Feb 1922-19 Sep 1992)
 Basso profundo Cesare Siepi (10 Feb 1923-5 Jul 2010)
 Distinguished virtuoso Myra Hess (25 Feb 1890-25 Nov 1965)
 Preeminent conductor Erich Leinsdorf (4 Feb 1912-3 Jun 1996)
 Premier composer Arrigo Boito (24 Feb 1842-10 Jun 1918)
 Featured premier Meyerbeer's "Les Huguenots" (29 Feb 1836)


 "Mas Canciones," Linda Ronstadt
 "Canciones de Mi Padre," Linda Ronstadt
 "Jardin Azul: Las Canciones Favoritas," Linda Ronstadt
 "Greatest Italian Songs," vol 1, Connie Francis
 "Greatest Italian Songs," vol 2, Connie Francis
 "Spanish and Latin American Favorites," Connie Francis
 Bing Crosby: "White Christmas," with sales of over 100 MILLION copies.
 Also, he was the best recording artist of the 20th century with over
 half a BILLION records in circulation.

 May ARTISTS' EVENTS put a smile on your face and a song in your heart
 each day.

 Pace e Gioia,

 Bob Dilley
  (He Who Dares Wins)

-- - Does exactly what it says on the tin

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