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Subject: Borkh/Nilsson - Elektra/Frau
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 4 Apr 2017 06:19:20 -0400
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The 29th of January 1971 was a performance of "Frau ohne Schatten",
not Elektra. Leonie sang the Empress and Borkh was the Dyer's Wife.

Bob


On Monday, April 3, 2017, Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Try the 29th of January, 1971.
>
> Max Paley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Apr 3, 2017, at 22:20, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > There's something wrong with this story, Max. She never sang Elektra
> > at the Met after 1961. It may have been the Dyer's Wife, though I'm
> > not familiar with details of Nilsson and that role at the Met. Borkh also
> > sang Fidelio in the Met Park Series in the seventies, but I don't know if
> > or how Birgit might have been involved.
> >
> > Bob
> >
> >
> >> On Monday, April 3, 2017, Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>
> >> I remember in the early 70s, Nilsson had to cancel some Met Elektras. I
> >> think she broke her foot. When it was announced that Borkh was
> >> substituting, some people were disappointed.  At the end of the
> >> performances, nobody was disappointed and this is saying nothing against
> >> the great and wonderful Birgit Nilsson.
> >>
> >> Max Paley
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >>> On Apr 3, 2017, at 21:20, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>>
> >>> She was before my time, but Borkh is my all-time favorite Elektra on
> the
> >>> recordings. There are a few of her live performances & her studio with
> >>> Boehm, all worth hearing but, if I would have to choose the most
> >> thrilling
> >>> Elektra recording ever, it would be both her Carnegie and Salzburg
> >>> performances with Mitropoulos in the late 1950s. The supporting cast
> and
> >>> Mitropoulos are terrific on both occasions. She is still alive, I
> believe
> >>> living in a retirement home somewhere in Germany, and hope she knows
> she
> >>> has not been forgotten by many.
> >>>
> >>> Best, Vesna
> >>>
> >>> On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 12:37 PM, Estelle Gilson <[log in to unmask]>
> >>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Yes,  Bob.
> >>>>
> >>>> Borkh's Elektra was indelible !
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> At 06:33 AM 4/3/2017, you wrote:
> >>>>
> >>>>> David
> >>>>>
> >>>>> I assume that "Mein Kind ist tod" is the Inge Borkh version, and it
> is
> >>>>> sensational. For how many years did I consider Eileen Farrell's the
> >>>>> standard by which the aria should be judged? And for good reason.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> But hearing Inge Borkh brought it to a new level of intensity. She
> was
> >>>>> a great, great singer whose presence matched her vocalism, and this
> >>>>> may be her most impressive vocal/dramatic moment. I did see her
> >>>>> Elektra in 1961, however, and I'm still not over it.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Brava!
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Bob
> >>>>>
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