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Subject: Re: Menotti: The Consul . . . and other works (was Re: Turandot)
From: Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Idia Legray <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:33:54 -0500

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Addendum: After further research I find that Ghiringelli is the one 
responsible for Callas not getting the role of Magda in "The Consul."
It was "Vanessa" that did not impress Callas and she turned it down.

"Maria Callas, then at the height of her fame, was his preferred choice for 
the title rôle. Barber invited her to Capricorn, the home he and Menotti had 
built in Mt. Kisco, NY, and played through the score for her. Callas was 
unimpressed, feeling that the rôle of Erika was stronger than that of the 
protagonist, and she refused to consider it."

In reading this I found myself agreeing with her assessment of her opinion 
of the role of Erica being the stronger, meatier role.

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