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Subject: Re: Vickers and Tannhauser (was Re: RIP Jon Vickers, 7/11/2017)
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:34:27 -0400
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Add Siegmund. Florestan and Samson.

I much preferred McCracken as Otello, and especially Ghermanm,
but that is to carp - Vickers was superb, if not defining, in both roles.
and, he was unequalled in the others, at least in my opinion and in my
time.

Bob

On Saturday, July 15, 2017, Michael E. Lane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> At an interview with the late Robert Jacobson, then the Editor of Opera
> News, Vickers went off into a discussion about Paul Tillich, faith and its
> meaning, something about a bouncing ball...I turned to my companions and
> said, somewhat kiddingly, " I guess he's trying to tell us he can't sing
> the Rome Narration..".... he was one of a kind, the greatest tenor I've
> known, conquered the big 5, Tristan, Enee, Grimes, Ghermann and Otello.....
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Jul 12, 2017, at 12:36 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > Rich Lowenthal wrote:
> >
> > "I continue to be curious about Vickers's refusal to sing Tannhauser--he
> was contracted to
> > sing it at both the Met and Covent Garden but canceled, calling the role
> 'despicable,
> > arrogant and amoral.' "
> >
> > This subject has been discussed at length on several occasions on this
> List.  See this:
> >
> > http://listserv.bccls.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0603D&L=OPERA-
> > L&P=R8621&X=6072ED40041E4CCCAC&Y=jsc55%40sbcglobal.net
> >
> > Jeannie Williams' excellent bio of Vickers offers the best and most
> complete discussion of
> > this subject.  And Vickers himself, in several interviews, explained his
> reasons, which were
> > far more complex than simply finding the character of Tannhauser
> "immoral."  (The tessitura
> > of the part undoubtably was a factor as well, although he never said so.)
> >
> > Incidentally, re Steve B.'s post on this thread, it was Walter Legge,
> not Schwarzkopf, who
> > made the crack about "screwing his sister."  Schwarzkopf merely quoted
> Legge's remark
> > (made in a letter to Robert Jacobson) in her anthology of Legge's
> writings, "On and Off the
> > Record."
> >
> > MDW
> >
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