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Subject: Re: Nilsson on Corelli and Turandot
From: robert levine <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:robert levine <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:01:23 -0500
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Great est moments in my opera going career:
The Met:
Nilsson and Corelli in Turandot
Nilsson, Vickers, Rysanek, London in Walkure
Vickers in Grimes
Vickers in Otello
Die Frau ohne Schatten - 1967

NYCO
Sills' first Lucia
Sills' Roberto Devereux
Sills and Treigle in Hoffmann
Treigle in Mefistofeles.

Carnegie Hall
Caballe in Parisina d'este
Goerke in Elektra


Anyone there?
Bob L

On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:46 PM, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> NEITHER on of them needed to be nervous ------not with what THEY had in
> their throats. Nilsson and Corelli probably stand as the strongest and the
> most solid "Turandot" pairing since the time the opera was written. I would
> gather that opera people consider them unchallenged in this opera.  To have
> heard and seen Nilsson and Corelli hurl out those thunderbolt top Bs and Cs
> was akin to experiencing one of the wonders of the opera world.  I was very
> young at the time, only fifteen, but they did it on tour with the Met in
> 1961 and we in the audience were blown away.  It ranked up there with my
> opening night of "Semiramide" with Sutherland and Horne ten years later
> (1971), and lastly, that fabulous concert performance of "Salome" with
> Nilsson and Solti in 1974.  For some reason, those three opera evenings
> alone stand out in my mind to this day.  Could it get any better than
> that?  If so, I can't remember or say for sure.  Lots of wonderful evenings
> in Chicago, but these are my "bi
>  g three".
> > On November 14, 2017 at 12:06 PM "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > From a Met intermission interview in the 1990s - Nilsson talking about
> Corelli and Turandot:
> >
> > "Well, yes, he had terrible nerves.  And I don't know why because he had
> almost more voice
> > than he could husband, with those fantastic high notes.  I remember
> before our performances
> > in Turandot he would be pacing around backstage like a lion in a cage.
> And I always said,
> > "Oh, Turandot is my vacation role!"  and so while he was pacing around,
> I would be sitting
> > there reading the New York Times.  In reality I was so nervous that I
> was probably reading it
> > upside down, but he never knew.  And when we came to the high Cs in Act
> Two, the audience
> > was half standing in their seats waiting for them.  It was like a
> bull-fight."
> >
> > MDW
> >
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