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Subject: Re: Boheme in English
From: Don <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Don <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 21 May 2017 06:03:15 -0600

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I have an old LP set with Callas singing Parsifal in Italian.  It has been
released on CDs for a while and it's one of my favorite Parsifals.  Years
ago in The Strand Bookstore I picked up a used score of Lohengrin with only
Italian text.  When 45s were all the rage(short lived for sure) I found a
Rigoletto in German although I cannot remember who the singers were.  I
remember being at opening night 1957 when Onegin was done in English with
George London, Lucine Amara, Richard Tucker and Georgio Tozzi.  I still can
see that final act in the park with the snow falling.

On Sun, May 21, 2017 at 5:26 AM, Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]
> wrote:

> On Sat, 20 May 2017 15:23:52 -0600, Don <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >Didn't Chaliapin sing Boris at the Met in Russian while everyone else sang
> >in English?
> >dond
> >
> Actually, everyone else sang in Italian, the language the Met performed
> the opera in from
> its Met premiere in 1913 until its 116th Met performance in 1947!
> Alexander Kipnis also sang
> in Russian in some of those otherwise Italian performances.
> Chaliapin did the same thing at Covent Garden, and there's a 1928
> recording of excerpts,
> available on
> New Orleans Opera did Boris, unfortunately before my (operatic) time with
> Christoff in
> Russian and everyone else in English.

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It's amazing how useful it can be.

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