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Subject: Re: Sirius 'Norma' Question
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 9 Nov 2017 20:30:51 +0000
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David

There were two broadcasts in 1970, one in April with Bergonzi
and one in Dec with Franco Tagliavini, whom you probably
know from performances in Chicago (Foscari comes to mind).
Oroveso was Paul Plishka.

They were two different seasons, 69-70 and 70-71.

Bob

On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 15:18 David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I was listening to a Sirius 'Met' broadcast of 'Norma' yesterday with
> Sutherland and Horne from 1970, and expected to hear Bergonzi, since I have
> a distinct memory of recording that year's broadcast of the opera with him
> on an old reel to reel tape recorder (and him singing two verses of the
> cabaletta).  It was Sutherland's first NY 'Norma', if memory serves.  In
> any
> event, the tenor was certainly not Bergonzi, and most curiously, no
> identification of any cast members was made beyond Sutherland and Horne.
> Can anyone explain this?  The tenor was actually rather good.
>
> I was struck, as many people are, by how much Sutherland lost artistically
> in only performing with Bonynge.  His ability to trivialize music was
> prodigious, and his fast, jumpy tempi deprived his wife of any ability to
> create and sustain a long and settled legato line, which she was certainly
> very capable of doing.  I had the feeling the house was not impressed
> either.  Either Bonynge or somebody composed a kind of concert ending for
> 'Casta Diva' to make room for the presumed ovation that would follow,
> except
> that one didn't.  The audience was quite tepid in their response, I
> thought.
>  (They liked rather more that suspended high D she always did.)
>
> If anyone else heard this broadcast I'd be anxious to know what the
> circumstances were.
>
> Thanks.
>
> David Kubiak
>
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