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Subject: Re: Subject: Re: Fascinating article with Jonas Kaufmann from Australia
From: Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 6 Aug 2017 09:22:16 -0700
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Absolutely correct. Far off as it sounds, it was the project that, after endless delays and setbacks, eventually morphed into the Serafin recording with Vickers, Rysanek and Gobbi.

Max Paley

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> On Aug 6, 2017, at 09:01, Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> 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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