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Subject: Re: Subject: Re: Fascinating article with Jonas Kaufmann from Australia
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 6 Aug 2017 12:01:52 -0400
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I seem to recall that RCA had plans to record *Otello *with Bjoerling,
Warren, and de los Angeles shortly before Bjoerling's death.

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 11:39 AM, robert levine <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Bob,
>
> It was so interesting - the rehearsal of Otello was terrific - big, broad,
> secure, with (maybe) one or two of the"big" notes coming in flat. But the
> performance itself was awful - he was out of breath and singing under the
> note all evening.
> Go figure.
> Bob L
>
> On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 11:16 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > I have not seen Dimiter Uzunov mentioned, a tenor whom I saw in
> > the role at the Met; far from awful. If I missed any mention, my
> > apology.
> >
> > I was at Bergonzi's last NYC recital, which he ended with "Niun mi
> > tema". It was not good. The friend sitting next to me (we are both
> > huge fans) grimaced and said "it started a lot better than it ended".
> > To this day, I have no idea why he attempted the complete role at
> > that point in his career. if you have trouble with " Niun mi tema"
> > you'll have no end of grief with the rest of it. What was he thinking?
> >
> > Bob
> >
> > On Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:47:19 +0200, Rudi Van den Bulck <[log in to unmask]>
> > wrote:
> >
> > >David Shengold wrote :
> > >
> > >Other leading 20th century Otellos would include Giovanni Zenatello,
> > Renato
> > >Zanelli, Aureliano Pertile, Francesco Merli, Paul Franz, Ivan Ershov,
> > Cesar
> > >Vezzani, Wolfgang Windgassen, Charles Craig, Giuseppe Giacomini,
> Vladimir
> > >Atllantov.
> > >
> > >AFAIK Vezzani never sang Otello nor did the below mentioned Hans Kaart.
> I
> > >heard Charles Craig as Otello and while he was okay I wouldn't call him
> a
> > >leading 20th century Otello at all. Missed chances are of course Tucker
> > and
> > >Corelli but they were smarter than Bergonzi.
> > >Charles Holland sang the role (without any success) and was probably the
> > >first black singer to undertake the role. Lanza on record sounds much
> > better
> > >than 50% of the singers mentioned here.
> > >
> > >Plus there were tenors who took it on (apparently) creditably enough,
> the
> > >likes of Giuseppe Oxilia, Antonio Paoli, Carlos Guichandut, Hans Kaart,
> > >Renato Francesconi, Zurab Anzhaparidze, the unique (speriam!)  Frank
> > >Mullings,  Franz Voelker (offstage horses neigh) , Josep Gostic,
> Vladimir
> > >Galouzine, James King, Max Lorenz, Pier Mirando Ferraro.
> > >
> > >RvdB
> > >
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