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Subject: Re: RIP Nicolai Gedda
From: tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:34:06 +0000
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Gedda was one of the very greatest singers I ever heard at the Met, or anywhere else. A true Master Singer, with an amazing upper register and linguist.


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From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2017 1:21 PM
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Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] RIP Nicolai Gedda

Nicolai Gedda was des Grieux in my very first opera performance. He
partnered Victoria de los Angeles in "Manon" on 13 Nov 1959 at the Met
and it sealed the deal of my lifelong love of opera. I must confess that I
found him less than ideal in a nimber of his most famous roles, Don
Ottavio in particular, but his best was at a level that we've rarely heard
in
a quarter Century. I saw him as Lenski, and it was among the
most memorable performances in my nearly sixty years of opera going.
Something approaching perfection.

And then there was the top register, certainly as thrilling as any I've
ever
heard. I did not attend his concert performance of "I Puritani" with
Joan Sutherland at Carnegie Hall, but I have heard it many times, and
it is the defining version of that music in my lifetime.

To his memory!

Bob


On Thursday, February 9, 2017, Frank Cadenhead <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> We lost a true legend yesterday. One of my examples of a truly towering
> artist. He
> was 91.
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> Frank Cadenhead
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