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Subject: Re: Anna Bolena, AOS 1966
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 16 Jun 2017 23:24:39 -0400

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Apologies for the pedantry, but while Anna Bolena was Janet Baker's first
New York opera performance, she made her New York debut a few days earlier
in a concert at Hunter College with the Melos Ensemble (also their NY
debut). Ms. Baker sang Handel, Chausson and Spohr. 

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Max D. Winter
Sent: Friday, June 16, 2017 10:55 PM
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Subject: Anna Bolena, AOS 1966

I have been listening to a wonderful live recording, in really excellent
sound, of the 1966 American Opera Society concert presentation of "Anna
Bolena" at Carnegie Hall.  It was Elena Suliotis' New York debut and also
featured Marilyn Horne, Placido Domingo, Carlo Cava, and as Smeaton, Janet
Baker (also making her NY debut - talk about luxury casting!).  It is an
exciting performance.  Suliotis is wildly uneven, as she usually was, but
this was before she began to crash and burn, vocally, and at her best she
delivers some spectacularly beautiful singing and some exciting, gutsy chest
register of a sort one does not hear these days, along with lots of
personality.  Anna's opening aria and the duet with Horne are among the best
I've ever heard.  (Unfortunately, she really flubs the final notes, which
ends the evening on a
damper.)  Domingo, just a babe in arms then, is wonderful, as is Horne.
Cava is OK - gets the job done.  Henry Lewis conducts.

I have heard about this performance for a long time but had never heard it
until now.  It's a winner!  Surely some old time listers were there and can
provide some memories and comments. 

Zem were the days!


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