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Subject: Re: Kaufmann/Heppner parallel
From: Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:30:48 +0000

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1)Both started as lyric tenors 
2)Both transitioned as Helden Tenors  (Heppner was the Tristan of choice at the peak of his career) 
3)Both incursioned    as spinto/dramatic tenors  in the Italian and French repertoires  
4)Both sang Otello 
We know what happened to Hepner's voice  after the Otellos 
Hope that Kaufmann survives this killing role that Caruso and Corelli avoided 
Miguel de Virgilio 
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From: Max D. Winter [mailto:[log in to unmask]]  
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2017 7:40 AM 
To: [log in to unmask]; Miguel A De Virgilio <[log in to unmask]> 
Subject: Re: Kaufman in Otello… NY Times: 
I first hear Kaufmann singing Alfredo on a Met broadcast of "Traviata."  Like some others, I was initially put off by his baritonal sound, which while expressive I thought was all wrong for the part of Alfredo.  But I do remember thinking, after the confrontation scene in Act II, that this tenor should be singing Otello one day.  The sound of the voice was perfect for the part and even on the radio the heft and projection were apparent. 
Of course, I have since come to regard Kaufmann as one of the great tenors of my long experience, and the greatest of this time.  His Siegmund and Parsifal were on par with those of Jon Vickers, and his Don Jose was one of the best I've ever heard, live or on record.  It is a great pity that he does not perform in this country more often.  Our loss. 

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