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Subject: Re: Anna Bolena at Carnegie Hall 1966
From: Patrick Byrne <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:18:08 -0400
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I must concur with Mr. Rideout,
 
I saw Souliotis in Dallas. She sang it as if it were verismo, very  hooty 
and frequently flat. Zero trills. 
How she ever had a career is beyond me. I also saw her Aida. A complete  
disaster.
 
Patrick Byrne
 
 
In a message dated 6/17/2017 6:03:19 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:

I was  there and my impression, fifty years later, is not as
positive as Max's,  though I have not heard it since that
night and that is a long time  ago.

I am not a fan of Marilyn Horne in much of anything  except
American songs and a few other lieder and orchestral pieces.
What  struck me initially as a miracle became, in a very short time,
a sledge  hammer of incessant noise and vocal overkill. Enough
on her. I'm in a very  small minority. So be it.

Souliotis had some great moments, but it  ended on a really sour
note. The final scene was a mess, lots of iffy  intonation and a vague
attempt at a trill. You just can't sing this music  without a trill.
But she was exciting and understood how it all should go.  A brave,
but very flawed attempt.

Janet Baker was sublime, and we  knew we were in the presence
of something special. Her sense of repose was  remarkable.

It was an interesting evening, at the least.

My  thoughs are with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and his  struggles.

Bob

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