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Subject: Fwd: WHEN TO RETIRE
From: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 29 Nov 2017 18:29:34 -0600
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> From: Stefan Zucker <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: November 29, 2017 at 5:52:33 PM CST
> To: Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: WHEN TO RETIRE
> 
> Dear Patrick,
> 
> Since Kos blocks my posts I’d be grateful if you’d post this for me.
> 
> With every good wish,
> 
> Stefan 
> 
> You people make it seem as if the decision when to retire were black and white. But consider my history: I suffered from allergies to the point that I gave many more performances when I was hoarse or congested than ones when I was in voice. But I wasn’t consistently out of voice and kept hoping that when the day came I would be able to sing with some tone. Sometimes I sang previews of concerts in Brooklyn or the Bronx where I would have my voice but was stuffed up for the Manhattan concert.
> 
> Down here in the Florida Keys my allergies rarely affect me. I have my voice despite myriad bodily aches and pains. (In any case the Keys are a Philistia where almost no one has heard a note of opera.)
> 
> More to the point, consider Rosina Wolf, who often sang with me. As she aged she developed the tendency to flat certain notes. She would sing a good high C but then flat a G-sharp in an ascending passage. But she didn’t always flat them and kept hoping the day of a performance would be one of the good ones.
> 
> At what point should you draw the line and say the odds of my giving a good performance are too poor? Suppose you are likely to have your voice in one location but not another. What then?
> 
> The singers you criticize may have had physical problems they had reason to think they could surmount on a good day.
> 
> Stefan
> 

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