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Subject: Steber (was Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but didnt (3)
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Tue, 3 Oct 2017 18:05:15 -0400

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John Irving wrote:

"Eleanor Steber was a great talent having performed in Europe on a few occasions, but her 
career was mainly established at the Met.  What happened to her?  She was endowed with a 
great voice and technique.  I never understood that when she had trouble with Bing, why she 
did not just leave and establish herself in Europe(?)"

My impression is that Steber's voice was already in decline when she left the Met - not gone 
completely, certainly, but maybe not in shape to "start over" abroad with all the competition 
there was then.  After all, she was 48 when she left the Met.

I have heard the 1973 recording of Steber at the Continental Baths and much of it is ghastly.  
I am surprised that RCA released it at all.  It did Steber's reputation no favors.

I should add that Steber is one of my favorite singers.  She was amazingly consistent, until 
later in her career, and handled her beautiful voice with superb technique and musicianship.  
Her singing is so "clean" and accurate that one could take musical dictation from it.


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