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Subject: Re: When to retire
From: k youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:k youngmann <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 28 Nov 2017 12:38:13 -0600

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Has anyone mentioned Sam Ramey? He continued to appear long after he should have stopped. The intense wobble made listening to him unpleasant and threatened to erase fond memories of a great career. I’d rather remember him as he was in his prime.

And what about Anna Tomowa-Sintow? She made some painfully unpleasant appearances after she should have ceased, as can be heard on live performances. She’s another example of a great singer whose legacy is marred by refusing to quit.

Also, I just thought of an appearance Anna Moffo made on Italian television singing (croaking, actually) the Ballatella from Pagliacci. She was beyond just hanging around a little too long.

Kurt Youngmann

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