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Subject: Re: Question re Nilsson as Senta at the Met
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:56:12 -0400

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Rysanek cited Nilsson as the reason she did not sing Turandot. She said Nilsson asked her, "Why don't you sing Turandot," and Rysanek answered, "Because of you." She said that in that way, Nilsson saved her from some of the most taxing roles, and helped save her voice.

In her autobiography, Nilsson said Senta was never one of her favorite roles. "It has always been difficult for me to portray a fanatical daydreamer; I prefer to be very active onstage." She also indicated that the role was not a comfortable one for her voice. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Bob Rideout
Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2017 12:47 PM
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Subject: Re: Question re Nilsson as Senta at the Met

The story has persisted but never verified, that she and Leonie had an agreement with Bing that she would not sing Senta and Rysanek would not sing Turandot in that theater.  Nilsson did sing Senta in Pittsburgh in the mid sixties and it was generally considered "good, not great". Leonie had a huge success with Turandot in, I think, 1957, at the San Francisco Opera.

It rings true. Quien sabe?


On Thursday, June 1, 2017, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I have read somewhere that Nilsson was engaged to sing Senta at the 
> Met in the early 60s but for some reason it never happened.  Can 
> anyone enlighten me about this?  Was it a last- minute cancellation, 
> and for what reason?  Imagine Nilsson and Rysanek alternating as 
> Senta!

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