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Subject: Re: News about ROH "Don Carlo" May 29 matinee
From: Graeme Wright <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Graeme Wright <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 31 May 2017 23:03:55 +0100
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It's rather difficult to change the opera with less than an hour to curtain up! Most operas need a soprano and there would have been no sets.

Kind regards 

Graeme 

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> On 31 May 2017, at 22:52, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> It was a matinee broadcast and I arrived expecting Leonie in her
> signature role. Nope!
> 
> Sandor Konya was the indisposed tenor.
> Stuff happens!
> 
> I went home, since I didn't have a ticket and was going to
> buy a standing room spot.
> 
> Of course, there was the justly famous Christa Ludwig "Fidelio"
> when Nilsson was unable to appear as Elektra in 1971, one of
> the great performances in Met history. Donald, I just read your
> post - am confirming your account, I was there too. Sometimes
> it is better to change the opera, and this was one of those times.
> 
> Bob
> 
> 
> 
>> On Wednesday, May 31, 2017, ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> There was a Fliegende Hollaender scheduled for the Met and the cast
>> was ready to go except for the Erik.  There was no tenor who could
>> replace the one who had cancelled on the day of the performance.
>> Francis Robinson told a good friend of mine that they searched and
>> searched for a replacement including asking Vickers to do it but
>> there were no takers to be found.  The Met decided to replace the
>> opera with Ariadne which I believe they had done the previous evening.
>> Roberta Peters got to sing Zerbinetta twice on consecutive days.
>> Even the Met!
>> 
>> Angelo from Boston
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On May 31, 2017 at 3:25 PM tom ponti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> From what I read it seems that in one season Tebaldi had to cancel an
>> Aida. Bing, it seems, called Milanov  and asked her to perform that night.
>> Milanov asked who was supposed to be the Aida. When Bing told Zinka it was
>> Tebaldi, Milanov told Bing she was not a cover soprano. Bing, I suppose
>> suspecting Zinka's reaction, offered to change the opera that night so she
>> could perform her first Tosca at the Met, which pleased Zinka and most of
>> the audience. Zinka was a Diva-LOL! I think, and hope, I remembered that
>> story correctly.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> ________________________________
>>> From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]>
>> on behalf of Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 3:11 PM
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] News about ROH "Don Carlo" May 29 matinee
>>> 
>>> You make a good point which more than illustrates how times have
>> changed.  Think about it:  the year that Maria Callas returned to the Met
>> for those two last Toscas in March, 1965.  He she chickened out and
>> cancelled, there was Price, Milanov (though near the end), Tebaldi,
>> Crespin, Nilsson, Rysanek, Kirsten, and probably still others I can't even
>> think of offhand.  It worked the same way with the tenors, what with
>> Tucker, Corelli, Bergonzi, Fernandi, and again others I can't put into
>> focus.
>>>     Very simply, those kinds of powerhouse voices are simply no longer
>> in such abundance.  They've become a downright rarity, if not an
>> anachronism altogether.
>>>                                                 Les/Chicago
>>> 
>>>> On May 31, 2017 at 10:51 AM Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> You should have been on Facebook - it was all over, especially among
>>>> friends of some of the principals.  Evidently, Covent Garden doesn't
>> hire
>>>> covers.  Their feeling is that unlike the big American houses which are
>>>> isolated and far apart, they can have replacements close fairly
>> quickly.
>>>> In this case, it didn't work.  If I were the casting director of the
>>>> theatre, and I got called out for this, I would damn well make sure my
>>>> Celestial Voice could sing Elisabetta if necessary, my Lerma,  DC in a
>>>> pinch and my Frate either Filippo or the Inquisitor.  In 1959 at the
>> Met,
>>>> Martina Arroyo, later a great Elisabetta, was the Celestial Voice &
>> Leonie
>>>> Rysanek was the Elisabetta.  This is a sad thing, both for the people
>> who
>>>> came, the singers, and especially for Kristin Lewis, no singer wants
>> this
>>>> to happen to him/her.  Posa's are (sorry) fairly easy to replace, but
>>>> Elisabetta, Eboli, DC and Filippo are not.  They should have been
>> prepared.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> One thing surprised me, I know that in NYC, there are probably at
>> least 20
>>>> sopranos around who could step in (no, not stars, but younger singers
>> on
>>>> the circuit who haven't been discovered yet and some older ones too -
>> all
>>>> the managers know who they are) and I would assume London is similar.
>> Its
>>>> been said they didn't want to take a chance on a nobody but really,
>>>> occasionally nobodies turn out to be somebodies.
>>>> 
>>>> Look, I wasn't there and its unfair to second guess the professionals
>> who
>>>> run ROH but there is the element of comic opera in all of this.  It
>> was an
>>>> unfortunate day for all.  The old days when the Met had at least two
>> covers
>>>> on hand for major roles don't exist anymore.  The days when a Milanov
>> could
>>>> step in for a Tebaldi, a Kirsten for a Price, a Tucker for a Corelli,
>> well,
>>>> that's history.  With scheduling the way it is today and the mobility
>> of
>>>> the current generation of singers, I guess people are just not lying
>> around
>>>> waiting to go on.
>>>> 
>>>> Donald
>>>> 
>>>> On Wed, May 31, 2017 at 12:57 AM, Pattie Kealy <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> We just got back to Vancouver from a long trip, which ended with
>> five days
>>>>> in London. Saw
>>>>> "Don Carlo" on May 26 and "Elisir" on May 27 -- very pleased with
>> both. We
>>>>> spent our last
>>>>> morning on May 30th strolling around Covent Garden and, as the doors
>> to
>>>>> the ROH were
>>>>> open, we stepped into the foyer and started chatting with a staff
>> member
>>>>> there. I was
>>>>> telling her what we'd seen and she told us that they hadn't been
>> able to
>>>>> give a complete
>>>>> performance of "Don Carlo" at the May 29 matinee because Kirstin
>> Lewis
>>>>> (replacing
>>>>> Stoyanova for the entire run) became seriously ill an hour before
>> curtain
>>>>> and was taken to
>>>>> hospital. They could not get a replacement for her so they performed
>> only
>>>>> the scenes in
>>>>> which Elisabetta does not appear (which took 80 minutes) and then
>> gave
>>>>> everyone a
>>>>> refund! How strange! I couldn't find any mention of this on line
>> just now.
>>>>> I believe that was
>>>>> the last performance of "Don Carlo."
>>>>> 
>>>>> I was very glad to be able to see Bryan Hymel live, and although I
>> was
>>>>> sorry that Ludovic
>>>>> T├ęzier had to cancel, I was delighted with his replacement, German
>>>>> baritone Christoph Pohl
>>>>> -- very fine singing and acting. Operabase.com shows that he mostly
>>>>> performs in Dresden.
>>>>> 
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