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Subject: Re: Steber's notable strengths as a Mozartian
From: daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:40:11 -0400
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Thanks for the clarification.  Her era was when singers took things slowly and sensibly.

Donald
> On Mar 24, 2017, at 9:03 AM, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Hi Donald 
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> Steber referred to William Whitney as her principal teacher; Althouse was "a mentor". See complete interview w/Walter Price below.
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> Steber was from the beginning a quick study and was always completely prepared. She credits this trait to her teacher at the New England Conservatory of Music, William L. Whitney, with whom she studied from 1933 to 1938. What he did was give her a formidable technique and a curiosity about all kinds of music."I wasn't even allowed a 'Traviata' aria until I was a third-year student. I worked on oratorio arias of Handel and lots of Mozart. Those composers are marvelous for the voice's foundation."I was lucky to have the tenor Paul Althouse as my mentor. When he coached me he brought out the best qualities in my voice."After Sophie, Steber sang a few small parts like the Forest Bird in "Siegfried," a Flower Maiden in "Parsifal," and Woglinde in both "Rheingold" and "Gotterdammerung." Bruno Walter was the conductor at that time who was to change her career completely."He heard me sing 'Deh vieni non tardar' at a hotel concert and said, 'This girl can't be an American, she must have a European background.' Anyway he asked for me to be his First Lady in 'Zauberflote' and then gave me the 'Figaro' Countess. That put the star on my dressing room door."
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> Date:    Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:46:41 -0400
> From:    daaaac <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Steber's notable strengths as a Mozartian
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> Her teacher was Wagnerian tenor Paul Althouse.  Tucker and Varnay also =
> studied with him.  Three singers dependable and consistent.
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> Donald
>> On Mar 23, 2017, at 11:42 PM, Conrad, Stephen A. <[log in to unmask]> =
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