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Subject: Re: The good old days and singers
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 26 May 2017 08:44:42 -0400
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Sutherland was born in 1926 and didn't come to London until the early 1950s
(her debut at Covent---not "Coventry"---Garden was in 1952). Clara Butt
died in 1936, and sang in only one opera (Gluck's *Orfeo*) in 1896, and not
at Covent Garden.

On Fri, May 26, 2017 at 12:29 AM, R PRADA <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Sutherland told a friend that Clara Butt once covered up two military
> bands on a field. I believe it was "Land of Hope and Glory". But I could be
> wrong. Sutherland stood close to her on stage at Coventry Garden to observe
> how she breathed and learned a lot from her.
>
> Once an old timer told me that voice Caruso and of Melchior were so
> enormous that when you heard them sing it felt as if you were being pasted
> to your seat by blowback. He said nobody singing now has that kind of power.
>
> Caruso was born in an age when body builders showed their strength by
> breaking chains around their chests by the sheer force of their expansion.
> I believe Caruso to have had that kind of power. Did he use it for singing?
> I have no idea.
>
> I never heard anything like that, but Nilsson sounded like a laser beam. I
> stood next to her as she sang on several occasions and the voice was
> totally projected so that very little of it sounded if you were next to
> her. But in the theater it was intense. I was in several Strauss operas
> with her while I was in school.
>
> In Electra at Teatro Colon, Mastilovich sounded uncomfortably loud as I
> stood behind her and above by about four feet. It was a big, aggressive
> sound and it sounded raucous to me. I was in the audience for several
> performances and it was just as loud.
>
> RP
>
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On May 26, 2017, at 12:00 AM, OPERA-L automatic digest system <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > In his book ''The American Opera Singer,'' the critic Peter G. Davis
> > recounts a story of Ms. Farrell's first performances with the powerhouse
> > tenor Franco Corelli in ''La Forza del Destino'' in Philadelphia. After
> one
> > duet, Mr. Corelli raced offstage shouting in Italian: ''Who is this
> woman?
> > She has made me deaf!
>
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