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Subject: Re: RIP Andre Mallabrera
From: kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 4 Oct 2017 21:46:09 -0500
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Now that you mention it, I also remember that 1962 Hoffmann at the Comique had a baritone Nicklausse. I guess it wasn’t all that unusual. Of course a mezzo was used in the Barcarolle.

Kurt Youngmann

> On Oct 4, 2017, at 7:38 PM, Jon Goldberg <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> That Hoffmann recording was the first one I heard as a kid. Gedda reigns supreme, the 
> rest of the cast is uneven, but it's still a nice recording, warts and all. (And Mallabrera's 
> sweet tone works nicely for Nathaniel, even for the little that he gets to sing.) But the 
> oddest thing is a baritone Nicklausse. I'd love to know why it was cast this way - I'm not 
> aware of any production that has done that.


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