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Subject: Re: French Opera Rarities
From: Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 30 Aug 2017 15:38:37 -0400
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I saw a beautiful production of Louise at the old City Opera in City Center. Francis Robinson was in the audience and he was yelling “bravi” at the end.

Michael

Michael J. McPherson
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> On Aug 30, 2017, at 3:18 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Louise comes to mind.
> 
> Lyric Opera of Chicago has never performed it and I can’t recall a Met production since I began listening to the broadcasts c. 1952.
> 
> I did see it, however, in 1999 in San Francisco. My recollection is that is was a long, sometimes boring, evening. Renee Fleming was in top form but Jerry Hadley wasn’t having a good night.
> 
> What I couldn’t figure out, as the performance progressed, is why basses are so anxious to sing The Father. (Pinza sang it at The Met between 1939 and 1943.) But then came the last act and Samuel Ramey demonstrated what the role was all about. Marvelous!
> 
> Would I care to see it again at my advanced and advancing age? I don’t know. Perhaps - if the right cast came along and the production didn’t get regietheatred to death…
> 
> Kurt Youngmann
> 
> Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale. - Adlai Stevenson II
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