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Subject: Re: Question about Callas Letter
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 24 Jun 2017 08:54:49 -0400
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Tebaldi and Baum did perform together on the Met stage once, in a Forza in 1960. 

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From: Discussion of opera and related issues [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Les Mitnick
Sent: Saturday, June 24, 2017 12:45 AM
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Subject: Re: Question about Callas Letter

No big deal, but I find it somewhat interesting that while both Callas and Milanov got stuck with having to sing opposite Kurt Baum (poor Zinka suffered the more because Baum is present on many of her Aida, Trovatore, and Gioconda Met broadcasts.   Neither Milanov or Callas cared for Baum,  as we know.  I wonder how Tebaldi lucked out, and to my knowledge never had to share a stage with him.  

     For years and years, I've wondered how the Baum voice managed to justify a seventeen year Met career.   He stands as the really ONLY "major singer"  I've ever encountered that I can't find a singularly positive thing to talk about.  I'm still wondering how the hell he established any career at all.  


                                                                                                                         

> 
>     On June 23, 2017 at 1:39 PM Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
>     David: Although I am in the throes of inundating myself with Callas books
>     galore (thanks to an Opera-L buddy), I have not as yet gotten this one.
>     However, with the help of discovering her type of "Callas-speak", that
>     phrase says the same thing to me just in a different way. It means she
>     bettered a flat to a sharp to the consternation of Baum (the 
> jerk!)
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