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Subject: Re: Leontyne Price online?
From: "M. Williams" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:M. Williams
Date:Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:14:48 -0400
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On Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:27:22 -0400, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Well stated MDW!

>
>I think arguments among the Size Queens (e.g., Handelman and Guitan) about
how big 
>Price's voice was are a bit silly; her voice was quite big enough to put
her roles across 
>satisfactorily.  I heard her as Aida and the two Leonoras, and her voice,
while not huge, was 
>big enough to get the job done, in terms of size.  And what she lacked in
heft in ensembles 
>she more than made up for in suppleness in the many lyric portions of these
roles, which 
>bigger-voiced singers could not put across as well.
>
>Leontyne Price was the world's leading Aida for more than 25 years.  I
guess audiences, 
>critics and conductors in London, Vienna, Milan, New York and elsewhere
were just 
>bamboozled by a vocal fraud.  What a pity they did not have sages like
Mssrs. Handelman 
>and Guitan to set them straight!  (We have not yet had Mr. Guitan weigh in
on this one but 
>no doubt we shall eventually.)  
>
>MDW
>
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