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Subject: Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but didnt
From: Scott Grunow <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 1 Oct 2017 12:13:36 -0400
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This question made me think about how there used to be basically two "circuits" in the days when intercontinental travel was much slower: the "Latin Circuit," which meant Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and South America; and the "Anglo-Saxon" Circuit, the British Isles and America (think Covent Garden and the Met). One could also add the "Central Europe" circuit, centering on Vienna. One could probably include in that circuit places like Munich. 


Thus, singers like Pederzini and Cobelli in their primes sang in the Latin Circuit. Also, WWII forced many singers in that Circuit and the Central Eruopean Circuit (if one wishes to include Germany) to stay where they were. Some of these singers like Stignani and Klose never sang at the Met, but after WWII sang in San Francisco. Scaciatti and Pacetti were big stars in the Latin Circuit, but both flopped at Covent Garden. Pagliughi did appear at Covent Garden, but sang mostly in Italy. Someone mentioned Esther Rethy, who sang in the Central European Circuit; add to that list Hildegard Ranczak. Cigna and Caniglia were making some inroads into the Anglo-Sexon Circuit, but WWII intervened. 


And, then, there is the French Circuit, which includes Belgium. I think of singers like Denise Scharley, Suzanne Juyol, and Geri-Boue, who sang mostly in France. Some French singers never made it to the Paris Opera, but stayed at the Opera Comique (can't think of any off hand). 


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