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Subject: Re: Retire???
From: "Max D. Winter" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Max D. Winter
Date:Mon, 27 Nov 2017 22:51:57 -0500
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And, of course, there is the thrill of seeing that they can "still do it," even if they do it 
imperfectly at times.  

In the case of some opera singers, judicious choice of repertoire can extend a career for many 
years.  I have always thought that Callas might have had a successful "second career" in roles 
like Didon in "Troyens" and the French "falcon" parts, also Poppea, which would not have 
taxed her upper register.  As for Tebaldi, the middle voice remained quite lovely right up to 
the time she ended her career; it was the upper register that became a trial for singer and 
listener alike.  (And dicey pitch.)  Does anyone know why she did not sing Santuzza?  That 
would have been a good "late" role for her.  Did she not like the part, or did she think it did 
not suit her vocally?

MDW

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