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Subject: Re: Singers with both Norma and Elektra in repertoire?
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:26:56 -0400
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It's difficult to imagine Seefried tackling Olympia, but there's some
evidence on line that she did.

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 11:31 PM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 9:45 PM, David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> > Vesna, how about Radmila Bakocevic? She certainly sang Norma,  and I know
> > she sang *some * Strauss...
> >
>
> Hi David, Rich, and list,
>
> You are right about Strauss, David-- I believe she sang Salome but I don't
> think that Elektra was in her repertoire.
>
> When I read Rich's query about multiple roles in the same opera, I thought
> about Lisa Della Casa singing not three, but four roles in DER
> ROSENKAVALIER, which I believe I first learned from you, as you once
> mentioned it on the list, and then I read it in one of her interviews.
>
> I also thought about LE NOZZE. The Wiener Staatsoper archives show that
> both Maria Cebotari and Hilde Gueden appeared as Cherubino, Susanna, and
> Countess Almaviva.
>
> A few more come to mind: the four heroines in LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN
> (Olympia, Giulietta, Antonia, Stella) are sometimes sung by the same
> soprano - Irmgard Seefried and Anja Silja in Vienna, Edda Moser and
> Catherine Malfitano at Salzburg, and several at the Met: Joan Sutherland,
> Anna Moffo, and Carol Vaness among others; Sena Jurinac sang 3 of the 4
> heroines (Giulietta, Antonia, Stella) in the same performance in Vienna and
> I'm sure there are more instances with others (Beverly Sills must have done
> it at NYCO as she recorded all four roles in studio).
>
> At more than one venue, all four bass-baritone roles (Coppélius, Lindorf,
> Dr. Miracle, Dappertutto) were sung by the same singer (which I believe was
> contrary to Offenbach’s idea),-- Van Dam, Ramey, Treigle, London, Tibbett,
> Singher, Terfel, Abdrazakov, …
>
> Boris Christoff famously sang all three bass roles in BORIS GODUNOV, Boris,
> Pimen, and Varlaam, though I don’t know if he ever did it in the same stage
> performance as he did it on his two studio recordings.
>
> Best, Vesna
>
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