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Subject: Re: RIP Jon Vickers, 7/11/2017
From: Shirley Moyer <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Shirley Moyer <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:58:57 -0400
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I saw him at the Mann with Roberta Knie.

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> On Jul 12, 2017, at 4:57 PM, Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> 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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