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Subject: Fw: Lucrezia Bori in La Rondine (Ravinia JULY OR AUGUST 1931)
From: Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:19:17 -0500
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Russ Geschke" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: Lucrezia Bori in La Rondine (Ravinia JULY OR AUGUST 1931)


>
>
> Hi Arbe,
>
> No record was kept of how that "August 1930" date had been determined, so 
> it was necessary to go back and retrace my steps.  That has proven to be 
> very worthwhile, as it now turns out that, actually, the date of the La 
> Rondine broadcast from Ravinia is most likely July or August 1931:  The 
> booklet accompanying the CD states that the performance of La Rondine "was 
> a broadcast from the Ravinia Festival of 1934."  I do not know if there 
> was a Ravinia Festival in that year, but do know, from three sources (John 
> B. Richards, "The Ravinia Opera and Lucrezia Bori," The Record Collector 
> journal, Vol. 29, nos. 9-12, December 1984; Robert C. Marsh, "The Annals 
> of the Ravinia Opera, Part 4: 1927-1931," The Opera Quarterly, Vol. 14, 
> no. 2, Winter 1997/98; Ronald Davis, Opera in Chicago, p. 202) that 
> performances of opera at Ravinia ceased after 1931 and were never resumed. 
> According to Richards and Marsh, La Rondine was performed at Ravinia in 
> the seasons of 1929 (July-August, 5 performances), 1930 (June-August, 3 
> performances; a final performance, of Act 2 only, on 1 September), and 
> 1931 (July-August, 3 performances).  (The broadcast appears to definitely 
> be from Ravinia, as, according to Davis, Opera in Chicago, no performances 
> of La Rondine were ever given by the Chicago Civic Opera [1922-1931], the 
> Chicago Grand Opera Company [1934], or the Chicago City Opera Company 
> [1935].)  For the 1930 and 1931 performances, Richards and Marsh list as 
> Ruggero, Edward Johnson.  But for the 1929 performances, Richards, but not 
> Marsh, lists as Ruggero "Johnson/Chamlee."  For the 1929 and 1930 
> performances, Richards and Marsh agree, listing Armand Tokatyan as 
> Prunier, whereas the broadcast performance cast, as identified by the 
> announcer at the end of Act 2, includes --  besides Bori, Mario Chamlee, 
> and Florence Macbeth (Lisette) -- Marek Windheim (Prunier), as listed by 
> Richards and Marsh.  (Windheim's seasons at Ravinia included 1930 and 
> 1931, but not 1929.)  Chamlee's seasons at Ravinia included 1929, 1930 and 
> 1931.  So in 1931 he would have been available to be substituted for 
> Johnson in a La Rondine cast that included Bori, Macbeth and Windheim. 
> Rather than speculate that there might have been two substitutions in the 
> 1930 performances, Chamlee for Johnson and Windheim for Tokatyan, the 
> better choice, the one that departs less from Marsh (whose articles are 
> noted as being under the auspices of the Chicago Opera Project of the 
> Newberry Library) and Richards, would seem to be to conclude that the 
> broadcast was of one of the performances from July or August 1931. 
> Perhaps there was some last minute cast change for one of the 1931 
> performances, after the programs had been printed, and that in turn misled 
> Richards and Marsh, who may have been unaware that Act 2 of a performances 
> with Chamlee had been broadcast, recorded and ultimately published.  This 
> reasoning seems to work.  Please let me know if you have any other 
> thoughts.  As this is apparently the only sonic document that has survived 
> of the Ravinia Opera seasons, it is important to try to arrive at a 
> plausible date for the performance.  Russ Geschke
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: <[log in to unmask]>
> To: "Russ Geschke" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 12:06 PM
> Subject: Re: Lucrezia Bori in La Rondine (Ravinia 1930)
>
>
> Hello Russ,
>
> You re not in left field at all. On the contrary, you hit a home run. I 
> love
> this performance. My only question is how did you determine the date?
> Thanks.
>
> Arbe Bareis
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Jul 11, 2017, at 7:45 PM, Russ Geschke <[log in to unmask]> 
>> wrote:
>>
>> And from far out in left field:  The truly historically-minded, at least,
>> may be interested in knowing that there exists a recording of a radio
>> broadcast of 26 minutes of La Rondine Act 2 (to the conclusion of the
>> act), with Lucrezia Bori and Mario Chamlee, conducted by Gennaro Papi,
>> from Ravinia Park (north of Chicago), on a CD, "A Bouquet for Lucrezia
>> Bori," issued in the 1990s by the International Record Collectors' Club
>> (IRCC).  The performance dates not from "October 8, 1934," the date given
>> on the CD (by which date opera performances were no longer being given at
>> Ravinia) but from August 1930.  The sound is "historical" but quite
>> listenable.  Bori, in my opinion, leaves all other subsequent Magdas in
>> the dust.  New and used copies of the CD are available (and affordably
>> priced) on both amazon.com and ebay.  I regard it as one of the most
>> important and rewarding and therefore valuable CD issues.
>>
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