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Subject: Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but didnt
From: Tom Wikman <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Tom Wikman <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 30 Sep 2017 17:51:21 +0000
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A lot of these singers (not all) confined their careers to the United States.That was the best place to be, if you didn't care to sing inside the Axispower nations. Especially once the War started, you could never be sureof your status inside Germany, Italy, etc.
 

    On Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:07 AM, Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
 

 I am with Bob about these singers, especially Cerquetti, Traubel and
Mancini, whom I know better than the others that were mentioned. Kmentt was
indeed a delightful Viennese tenor.

There are quite a few great American singers celebrated at the Metropolitan
or NYC opera houses with practically nonexistent international careers. I
would mention Richard Bonelli (Bunn was his real last name) and Norman
Treigle for a start… and, remarkably, Rosa Ponselle's international
appearances were reduced to a couple of seasons at Covent Garden and only
once at the May Festival in Florence. If I am not mistaken, Eileen Farrell
also rarely (ever?) sang at major opera houses abroad.

For political reasons, the careers of many Russian singers from the Soviet
era regrettably remained behind the Iron Curtain, most notably Lemeshev and
Kozlovsky among tenors, and a wonderful bass Mark Reizen, still the
greatest Boris on record IMO.

Then there is a long line of French singers whom I keep discovering on
recordings and often find myself wondering why they didn't have a greater
presence outside their homeland: Alice Raveau, Germaine Martinelli, and
many more...

A couple of other favorites, who should deservedly be called great singers
but were inexplicably known mostly to their home audiences: a Hungarian
tenor Jozsef Reti and an Italian baritone Franco Pagliazzi.

Best, Vesna

On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 6:40 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Helen Traubel
> Anita Cerquetti
> Jan Peerce
> Caterina Mancini
> Robert Weede
> John Charles Thomas
> and many others
>
> They were all well known to an International audience
> but none of them had what would be called "big" or
> "important" international careers., often by choice.
>
> Bob
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