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Subject: Re: Tosca in general
From: Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ximena Sepulveda <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 19 Jun 2017 06:58:07 -0400
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I just checked the score online, since I didn't have it with me at the
beginning of this thread, and indeed, there are 5 high Cs.  Thanks for the
information.

On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 6:24 PM, William Fiorelli <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Both Albanese and Kirsten, lyric sopranos who sang Tosca,   had the
> necessary solid middle registers.  Albanese never sang  strong chest tones-
> either she did not have a strong chest register or was being careful in not
> using it. Kirsten did have a strong chest register. They both also had a
> good sense of Puccini's style.  I have heard other sopranos who may have
> had bigger voices whom I did not care for as Tosca ( Behrens, Mattila,
> Voigt) due to their lack of Puccini style and non Italianate vocal timbre.
> Albanese and Rysanek praised Tebaldi's TOSCA on a documentary.  Tebaldi
> was also Nora London's ( George's wife) favorite TOSCA.
> BILL
>
>       From: Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2017 6:03 PM
>  Subject: Re: Tosca in general
>
> With all due respect to Mr. Ponti (whose comments I hold in high esteem),
> Maria Callas sang
> Tosca 13 times between 1950 and 1958.  Then all the rest were in 1964 and
> 1965 (a total of
> 18).  She never sang it in 1953, 1955, or 1957.  The 13 were nothing more
> than a couple
> here and there (four at the Met, 2 in Mexico City, 3 in Genoa (of all
> places in 1954), and a
> grand total of five in 1950.
>     She said in several interviews I heard that "I really never cared for
> it that much and
> avoided it as much as I could".
>     This is my second post today, and I'm done.  There's a "Sharknado"
> marathon on TV and
> I need something brainless in my life.
>
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