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Subject: Re: singers who should have had big international careers - but didnt (3)
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 4 Oct 2017 12:46:32 +0000
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And yet another dispute of Larry's statement.
Gilda Cruz-Romo may not have gotten either recording contracts or as much adulation as a similarly gifted Verdi/Puccini spinto might today, but she certainly had an international career.
Outside of Mexico, where her career began , she sang at Dallas Opera, the NYCO (MEFISTOFELE, TOSCA, MANON LESCAUT, BUTTERFLY, a new production of BALLO), La Scala (AIDA and BALLO), Vienna (six roles) , Covent Garden, the Florence May Festival ( including TROVATORE with Muti, Cossutta and Cossotto), Philadelphia (ATTILA besides her more usual assumptions), the Verona Arena, Rome, Paris Opéra, Chicago (OTELLO and ATTILA), Barcelona's Liceu and the Bolshoi.
I am thinking that qualifies as a big international career--though not superstardom, something quite different.

At the Met she only got one new production (SUOR ANGELICA) and one telecast ( OTELLO, also an Opening Night of the Season, not a distinction many sopranos enjoy there) --but she did sing over 160 performances of 14 roles 1970-1984.
I only heard her once live: a sumptuously sung Tosca with Domingo and Wixell under Levine, quite an exciting night.
Best- David Shengold

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