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Subject: Re: Rondine, Moffo and
From: Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 11 Jul 2017 18:37:49 -0500
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What amazes ME is the Moffo recorded the "Tre Re" almost a year after that THAIS, or so I've read.
> On July 11, 2017 at 3:07 PM Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 
> Moffo recorded superbly - even in the 70s she managed to sing Fiora. But
> her Thaïs is so much a lost opportunity. The voice is gone, but ond could
> try and sell her as a sexy vamp...
> 
> Maria Helleberg
> 
> 2017-07-11 20:34 GMT+02:00 tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>:
> 
> > A few year ago I read the review of Moffo's debut in Traviata in the Met
> > Annals. What surprised me was that the reviewer compared her Violetta to
> > Victoia d La's that same year. To his ears, Victoria was vocally superior.
> > I only saw Moffo a few times at the Met and was somewhat disappointed by
> > the sound of her voice, live. There seemed to be a sort of cloud over her
> > sound, except when she sang forte in the upper register. She sounded great
> > on the final note of the Gilda-Duke duet, with Bergonzi. There was another
> > Rigoletto performance when, all of a sudden, Gianna D'Angelo's voice went
> > off track and never recovered. Bergonzi was the Duke that night too. I was
> > not at that performance, but read about it in a newspaper review.
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]>
> > on behalf of Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 1:39 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: [OPERA-L] Rondine, Moffo and
> >
> > I like all of the performances of Rondine that I know -
> > Moffo, Barioni - The Alagnas ( when they were) and
> > Te Kanawa, Domingo. The women are uniformly fine and the
> > men are all at least ok, though I find Domingo  more ok than
> > the others. The opera has been well served in the studio!
> >
> > Max, Anna Moffo was a sensation in the mid to late fifties,
> > and her Mozart and other EMI recordings were thought
> > by most to be revelations. Her early RCA Butterfly with Valletti
> > is stiff recorded competition for an opera that has had a huge
> > number of excellent studio performancs.
> >
> > I saw her Violetta during her debut season at the Met, and in the
> > immediate years that followed, Marguerite in Faust, Manon
> > and Lucia, all of which were fine but, excepting Lucia, delivered less
> > than expected. The heroines in Hoffman were a disappointment
> > and the New Met's new production of Traviata was no better
> > than ordinary. By the time of the infamous Lucia broadcast of 69
> > it was over, and neither her voice or her reputation ever recovered.
> > No one knows for sure why it happened, but it was stunning. If
> > the 66 Traviata was ordinary, by 1969 her delivery was anythig but.
> >
> > Promise unfulfilled is an understatement!
> >
> > Bob
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