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Subject: Otellos
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 6 Aug 2017 19:41:22 +0000

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Hi Mr. Van den Buick
Sorry in re the spelling: I am working on a laptop, not at home, in indifferent light.
As I said, I was thinking of Luccioni, who doubtless was in the second class of Otellos-- Vezzani *would have been* in the first. But I am grateful to know that he didn't indeed perform it. I wonder why not?
Am surprised I could inform you about anything concerning a Dutch singer; but have always wondered about Hans Kaart after reading enconiums--and then about his sad fate-- in old OPERA magazines. Is he remembered in the Netherlands?  Is Theo Bayle?
Cheers - Mr. Shengold

      From: Rudi Van den Bulck <[log in to unmask]>
 To: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>; Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> 
 Sent: Sunday, August 6, 2017 1:19 PM
 Subject: Re: Subject: Re: Subject: Re: Fascinating article with Jonas Kaufmann from Australia
I can’t vouch for both Mr Van Den Beck or Mr Van Den Back, I can only vouch for myself.Mr Shengold called Vezzani ‘ a leading 20th century Otello’, that’s quite a statement and unfair to other tenors. That’s the only reason for my reaction and certainly not the desire to contradict Mr Shengold’s postings. Did I ever except for a long time ago correction on the career of Joseph Rosenstock?I’m quite familiar with Vezzani’s career as he is one of my favorite tenors as well – we certainy agree on that Mr Shengold. The only book on Vezzani does not mention this role nor does the “limited” biography in The Record Collector. Recording parts of the role –splendid as they may be- doesn’t mean the singer actually sang the role on stage. Vezzani did not. Luccioni did indeed.Apparently Hans Kaart sang Otello in Dusseldorf –rejoice Mr Shengold - opposite his compatriot Gerry de Groot. A friend sent me photos of that performance. This info is quite new to me. Kaart did have a voice but a great tenor in the Del Monaco, Caruso, Corelli kind of way- he wasn’t though Leo Riemens thought he had the potential. Cheers Rudi (Van den Bulck)    From: David Shengold Sent: Sunday, August 06, 2017 7:43 PMTo: Discussion of opera and related issues ; Rudi Van Den Bulck Subject: Subject: Re: Subject: Re: Fascinating article with Jonas Kaufmann from Australia
    Mr. Van Den Beck always seems pleased to contradict my posts, but in fact according to `the Dutch site  "401 Dutch Divas" Hans Kaart sang Otello in Dusseldorf in the 1961-1962 season-- and on the basis of reviews for that Otello was hired by Lyric Opera of Chicago for Samson opposite Gorr in 1962. Sadly, he died the year after.
 Dutch HMV (1963, 7 EPH 1043)  released an LP - perhaps a posthumous tribute?-  called "Ora e per sempre addio" with a picture of Kaart as Otello , containing excerpts from OTELLO and TROVATORE with his mezzo wife Caroline Raitt). The text on it, which can be seen online ( Google it, I have no luck posting urls here for reasons I don't understand) states that he sang Otello. If Mr. Van Den Back knows that these are false statements on HMV's part and the Dutch Divas website's part that would be interesting to know. The great Vezzani ( run, do not walk, to Youtube, try "Rachel, quand du Seigneur" or "Roi du ciel" or "Asile hereditaire" ) certainly recorded some of Otello's music in, AFAIK, 1925: "Tout m'abandonne, adieu", "Dieu, tu pouvais m'infliger" and "Que nul ne craigne" . Given his rep and huge voice I am surprised to hear he never ventured Otello onstage, but have no French research tools to track that down.  Some people just didn't/don't!  
 I actually had *meant* to list another Corsican tenor of the same type, though less splendid: Jose Luccioni, who near the end of his career sang it opposite the young Crespin: the live recording ( in French, of course) is one of my favorite souvenirs of her. I live one block from where Lanza grew up-- and also Dusolina Giannini. *Her* recordings I listen to with pleasure... Cheers - David
   Date:    Sun, 6 Aug 2017 15:47:19 +0200
From:    Rudi Van den Bulck <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: Subject: Re: Fascinating article with Jonas Kaufmann from Australia
 David Shengold wrote :
 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.


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