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Subject: Re: RIP Jon Vickers, 7/11/2017
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:57:24 -0400
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Price was scheduled to sing Isolde?

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 4:54 PM, daaaac <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I saw Vickers 3 times, all of which weren’t official performances.  A
> dress rehearsal Samson with Horne (I remember seeing her briefly leave the
> view of the audience during her duet with Samson), a Peter Grimes dress
> rehearsal and a rehearsal of the Philadelphiaa Orchestra, Mann Music Center
> for an act 2 Tristan with Vintzing, Dunn and Plishka.  I’ll never for
> forget watching Vickers walk onstage (not through but in front of the
> orchestra) in slacks, short sleeve white shirt, puts his hands in his
> pockets and relaxed.  He then let out with a roar with his first “Isolde!”.
>
> I’ve spoken often and over many years since, this bit of knowledge about
> this concert.  Ute Vintzing was replacing Leontyne Price.  I think the year
> was in the late 1970s.  Maybe early 1980s.
>
> Donald
>
> > On Jul 12, 2017, at 3:52 PM, Hermine Stover <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > At 10:31 AM 7/12/2017, tom ponti wrote:
> >> No doubt Vickers was one of the greatest tenors and operatic stage
> actors of the past century. His Otello, Florestan, Sigmund, Samson and
> Canio were, indeed, a privilege to hear live. From articles I have read,
> Vickers seemed at times to be a flawed personality who could be very nasty
> towards other singers, for various reasons. No one is perfect, and whatever
> his personality flaws, the operatic world was a better place with he being
> one of it's greatest performers.
> >
> >
> > We saw him in Benvenuto Cellini, one of Sarah Caldwell's true master
> works, and afterwards backstage he seemed quite charming and very up
> spirited.
> >
> > hermine
> >
> >
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