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Subject: Re: When a beloved and great singer dies in their prime.........
From: Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Katalin Mitchell <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 23 Nov 2017 08:03:58 -0500
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You have said it so beautifully... thank you! I Also spent the afternoon on YouTube with that extraordinary voice and personality, and Dima without question was one of the greatest of all the artists we ever had the privilege to see and hear. He leaves us all bereft.


> On Nov 23, 2017, at 2:30 AM, Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I know that all of us are feeling this tragedy with great intensity.  We all love and revere a 
> great singer in the golden years of their prime, which Dmitri certainly was.  I've spent the 
> entire day on You Tube listening to him and it was like a catharsis for me.  Our treasured 
> singers become like spiritual friends and we view them as part of our lives.  When 
> something like this happens, it's like a death in the family.  Whether we realize it or not, we 
> who love opera become very emotionally connected to the singers we love.  
>     While few were taken by surprise by his passing,  the feeling of finality is omnipresent 
> at this time.  To my ears, Dmitri was the premiere baritone of our time, and the fact that he 
> was still at his vocal peak is even more painful.  
>     While we sometimes may even criticize our favorite singers, they are OURS and we feel 
> like they belong to us.  Perhaps because we are sensitive enough to love opera, our feelings 
> may be more intense than that of people who don't.  I don't know.  What I DO know is that I 
> feel a very personal sense of loss.  
>     He helped to make MY world spin, as do only a handful of others.  Dmitri was a true 
> titan of opera.
> 
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