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Subject: Re: Tebaldi Sings Callas (was Re: Tebaldi's (in)famous 1963 'Adriana')
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:53:18 +0000
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Oops! I guess I should have mentioned that the opera was
"Un Ballo in Maschera". ;-)

Bob

On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:48 PM Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From an historical perspective, I mostly don't disagree, but for
> the record, I saw Katia Ricciarelli in the opera with Pavarotti and Nucci,
> and it was a beautiful performance in every way. The three principals
> were vocally superb, and just about perfectly matched in terms of
> amplitude and resonance. She was not overparted, and those wobbly tops,
> which by 1980 could often make you seasick, were dead on pitch, and
> absolutely solid, as was the case throughout her range.
>
> It was a memorable evening!
>
> I will say that Leontyne Price's voice was hardly larger and she was
> also very successful in the role. "Spinto" will do fine in this role;
> "dramatic" is nice but not necessary, I think
>
> Bob
>
> On Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:54:10 -0700, Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> >In Tebaldi's generation and before, they were considered dramatic soprano
> >roles.  Pushed leggieros and lyric such as Katia Ricciarelli and Renata
> >Scotto would never have been allowed near those roles..  Many spinto's
> >waited until the end of their careers to tackle them.  Times change.
> >
> >In my opinion, she should have sung all three.  The voice was always big
> >enough and then some.  She sang the Forza Leonora and Maddalena early on
> >and those are definitely not lyric soprano roles.
> >
> >Donald
> >
> >On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 7:45 AM, R Stuart <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> >> "I don't know why she did not sing Don Carlo on stage"
> >>
> >> In the Rasponi book, she's quoted as saying that she didn't sing
> >> Elisabetta,
> >> Amelia, and the Trovatore Leonora because they were written for dramatic
> >> sopranos.
> >>
> >> Never quite understood that.
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