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Subject: Re: Fascinating article with Jonas Kaufmann from Australia
From: RAYMOND GOUIN <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Fri, 4 Aug 2017 22:18:14 -0400
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NO!

Domingo first.  Then the counter-tenor.  :)

Best.
Ray

BTW.  Domingo will be singing Wotan in Walkure next year -- while conducting from the podium. Someone will mime the role for him on stage.  Who is being kept secret but the rumor is that it will be Domingo's wife.
R

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> On August 4, 2017 at 7:27 PM Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 
> There is something to be said for this.  Otello at the Met in the 20th
> century included Leo Slezak in 1913 and then nothing until Giovanni
> Martinelli did it in 1938.  Then there was Torsten Ralf, Set Svanholm and
> Ramon Vinay then Del Monaco and after him Vickers, McCracken, and Domingo.
> Yes there were others, notably in  Europe Carlo Cossutta a contemporary of
> Domingo but today its it becoming almost a repertory piece.  Norma too From
> Lilli Lehman in the 1880's and 1890's through Joan Sutherland in 1970, only
> Lehmann herself, Ponselle, Cigna, Milanov and Callas.  After Sutherland,
> everyone and her grandmother tried her hand at the role.  Now we have lyric
> soprano's as Norma, mezzo soprano's as Norma.  I'm waiting for the
> countertenor to take it on.
> 
> Donald
> 
> On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 3:57 PM, David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> > I heard Kaufmann in Chicago as Cassio with one of the "struggling"
> > Otello's,
> > in this case Ben Heppner, and he did sound a good deal better than the star
> > at that troubled point in his career.  But it is interesting how the
> > mystique of this part has completely disappeared.  Richard Tucker had the
> > traditional view that only a very special kind of tenor should dare
> > approach
> > it, and felt that he did not have that voice.  Now everybody sings it as if
> > it were Rodolfo.
> >
> > Some older singer has made the same point about 'Norma', I think.
> >
> > David Kubiak
> >
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