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Subject: Re: Turandot
From: tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:09:00 +0000
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If any soprano could consider Turandot a day off, it would be Birgit Nilsson


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From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 7:15 PM
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Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] Turandot

I doubt that anyone else ever considered Turandot akin to a day off.

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From: "Les Mitnick" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: 11/13/2017 5:58:09 PM
Subject: Re: Turandot

>When I was a graduate student at De Paul in Chicago, I had the
>opportunity to meet Birgit Nilsson, who was singing Brunnhilde in "Die
>Walkure" at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  She was a very friendly and
>lovely lady. We talked about Turandot, and she said that Liu had the
>most beautiful music in the entire opera.  She went on to say that she
>would be on the verge of tears when Liu sang her two tiered aria before
>killing herself.  She said that she was glad that she had nothing to
>sing at that moment because she was so emotionally moved and had ample
>time to compose herself for the final scene.  She expressed great
>admiration for Mirella Freni, Leontyne Price, and Anna Moffo in the
>role.  In her book, she expresses surprise that Renata Tebaldi
>experienced so much difficulty recording Liu on the 1959 recording on
>RCA, since she seemed so suited to it.  She also said that she liked
>Turandot because the role was very short and it always allowed her to
>sing it alongside of Isolde a
>nd Elektra.  In fact, she sang both Turandot and Isolde in Chicago in
>1958 (and the seasons then were pretty short in Chicago).
>Nilsson was something else.

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