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Subject: Re: Nell Rankin's Amneris - and a Milanov Question
From: ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:18:52 -0400

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I have the cast page for the Goetterdaemmerung which I attended on

March 23, 1974.  In it BTW Nilsson is replaced by Hunter and Chookasian

is replaced by Batyah Godfrey. She was Bonnie when we were both students

at Boston U. opera department .  Rankin was Gutrune and Third Norn and I

never heard or read that she was given this assignment as compensation

for not being the Didon cover.  This was the only time I was able to see her

on stage and I was impressed by the quality and the volume she was able

to produce.  The Gutrune tessitura was no problem.

Angelo from Boston

> On October 12, 2017 at 10:56 PM David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>     This is Before My Time ( not lifetime, but  was in short pants and had only been to one Met opera), but I  was once told that Nell Rankin was given Third Norn/Gutrune in the NP f the post-HvK GOETTERDAMMERUNG as compensation for having been passed over as the contracted cover for Didon in favor of Shirley Verrett at the TROYENS opening in October 1973.  At the time she spoke to OPERA NEWS about the Wagner parts needing 'brilliant highs" , which seemed her greatest asset throughout her career.
>     However,the GOETTERDAEMMERUNG was in March 1974, so the timing makes this seem  dubious: surely they would have announced a Gutrune earlier?  Did someone previously announced dematerialize (perhaps Caterina Ligendza?)  In retrospect, Johanna Meier would have been a good choice.
>     Anyone else ever hear this?
>     Best- David Shengold

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