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Subject: Re: Dallas Samson and Dalila
From: Rudi Van den Bulck <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rudi Van den Bulck <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 22 Oct 2017 21:07:07 +0200

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MAX wrote:

Dallas Civic Opera did S&D for the first time in 1964, with Del Monaco and 
Gorr.  There were
problems at the final dress rehearsal.  Ronald Davis, in his book on the 
DCO, writes:
"Shortly after arriving in Dallas, Del Monaco went out to Nieman-Marcus and 
bought a black
cowboy suit - boots, hat, everything.  Rather than appearing in costume at 
the second dress
rehearsal, he wore his cowboy outfit.  When the tenor talked onstage, during 
Gorr's big aria,
the diva stopped singing, walked to the front of the stage, and said 
'Maestro, why do I have
to put up with that?'  The handful of people sitting in the audience 
applauded, causing Del
Monaco to walk off the stage and refuse to come back.  Kelly went backstage 
to try to
reason with Del Monaco, but it took a promise to redo the tenor's dressing 
room before he
was appeased."  There is a famous tape of Gorr's angry outburst and of 
people applauding.

For the record :

1. 'Maestro, why do I have to put up with that?'

Rita Gorr didn't speak any English besides hello, good bye and thank you, so 
that phrase is very unlikely to have come out of her mouth

2. The handful of people sitting in the audience applauded.  1. It's not 
clear at all this was an outburst against MDM but it could well have been 2. 
speaking from memory : the tape I heard (very bad and unclear sound) 
doesn't make this clear, I heard some applause by a few people

3. Gorr had sung Samson on a few occasions before and they got along very 
well. In fact Gorr always raved about him (told to me by a personal friend) 
so I can't imagine they had a fight, though Vickers was her number one.
Gorr also told him she was number one for the second Callas Norma recording 
and that a Troyens was planned with her (tenor Gedda) I forgot why these 
plans fell out.


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