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Subject: Re: Birgit Nilsson Great Streaming Documentary
From: tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:18:24 +0000
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I mostly saw Nilsson in Italian Opera, in that I am not a big fan of most of the Ring Operas. I saw a Saturday afternoon Ballo with Tucker. What I remember about the performance is the duet in which both were thrilling. I saw her Tosca not long after seeing Callas, and though she sang it very well, her acting was almost funny at times. I saw her Lady MacBeth and really don't recall much about it. Turandot, could have been composed for her, as just about everyone would agree. Nilsson's was never my favorite soprano voice, but it was a great one with an incredible upper register. If only Crespin had nearly as secure an upper register, she could have been one of the very greatest. Still, even without a secure upper voice, Regine is one of my all time favorite sopranos.


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From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 3:07 AM
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Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] Birgit Nilsson Great Streaming Documentary

I don’t think it’s inane. Her very slender vowels and minimal vibrato could be heard as “cold” and a number of people didn’t like her timbre and style in Italian opera, other than as Turandot.

I never heard her live in “Ballo” but I like her studio recording and find her very passionate. I did hear live as Tosca and didn’t really like what I heard. Very loud throughout and rock solid top notes but very steely and little, I guess I have to say it, “warmth.”

Max Paley

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> On Jan 9, 2018, at 22:21, Operatics <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Yes, her Amelia    -   I remember some reviewer's inane comments about Nilsson's voice being cold - ( it must be cold because she comes from icy Sweden)!
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> Estelle
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>> On 1/9/2018 6:24 AM, k youngmann wrote:
>> And she wasn’t just limited to heavy roles. Her Amelia opposite di Stefano’s Riccardo / Gustavo in Chicago back in ’59 generated some of the greatest applause I’ve ever heard, especially after the Act II duet. Gobbi’s Renato didn’t hurt the performance either!
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>> Kurt Youngmann
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>>> On Jan 9, 2018, at 7:42 AM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>>> Certainly, in my years of opera going, no one has come close
>>> to Birgit Nilsson for vocal opulence and security in the heavier
>>> Wagnerian roles, and in her prime, pre WWIi, there was no
>>> singer who commanded greater tonal splendor than Kirsten
>>> Flagstad.
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