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Subject: RING from Bayreuth starts today 12 noon EDT - What Voices...Oops!
From: Andrew Moravcsik <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Andrew Moravcsik <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 30 Jul 2017 15:37:04 +0000

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Tuned in late to the Bayreuth broadcast, chose Radio Clásica de España to get the commentary. I seemed to break in mid-performance.  
First impression: This is not WALKÜRE but the last scene of SIEGFRIED...did I get the day wrong?  
Second impression: These are the best voices I have heard in decades...who ARE these people? Is Bayreuth getting it together again, finally? 
Sure enough, it is intermission and this was the Varnay/Windgassen/Ludwig/BRSO performance from 1955. 
No question that Wagner voices are not what they were 62 years ago. 
Andy Moravcsik 
Princeton, NJ 

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