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Subject: Re: Tebaldi and Baum/Met Archives
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Sat, 24 Jun 2017 12:07:26 -0400

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In answer to Les Mitnick's question: 

The reason Tebaldi managed, for the most part, to avoid singing with Baum, at least at the 
Met, was because her repertoire while Baum was active did not overlap with his, for the most 
part.  Baum did not sing in Otello, Tosca (at least not after Tebaldi came to the Met), Boheme, 
Traviata, or Manon Lescaut.  Of the overlapping operas in their respective repertoires - Aida, 
Forza and Andrea Chenier - I guess Tebaldi just lucked out, except for that one Forza. 

Milanov, on the other hand, sang frequently in operas in which Baum also sang a lot - 
Trovatore, Aida, Gioconda and Cavalleria.  (For Trovatore in particular, Baum was the go-to 
Manrico.)  Unlucky lady.

That one joint performance of Forza does not really negate Les' main point - it just provides a 
one-off exception to it.  For that matter, I think Callas only had to endure Baum in that 1950 
Mexico City season (during which, in addition to Aida, they also sang together in Norma and 


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