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Subject: Re: Domingo to sing Gianni Schicchi
From: Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 17 Jan 2018 06:42:42 -0500

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Interesting historical note (to me, at least): Armand was also the original Monk (possibly 
Charles V) in the Paris world premiere of "Don Carlos".

>But, alas! It is too late for Placido  to be the second to die on the stage
>of the Met:
>Death Also Came to the Opera in 1897Published: March 3, 1988
>To the Editor:
>This is a postscript to Franz Winkler's letter, ''Another Performance
>Halted at the Met'' (Feb. 2). Mr. Winkler tells of the death of Leonard
>Warren on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera in 1960. There was an even
>earlier death on the Met stage, Feb. 10, 1897. Armand Castelmary, who was
>singing the role of Sir Tristram Mikleford in Friedrich von Flotow's
>''Martha,'' collapsed toward the end of the second act. The audience,
>believing this a masterly characterization, applauded heartily.
>Quaintance Eaton, in ''The Miracle of the Met,'' tells us that Jean de
>Rezke, who had been watching from the wings, burst into tears and helped
>carry the singer to his dressing room where he was pronounced dead.
>A substitute went on to finish the opera, and the audience learned of
>Castlemary's death only on leaving the theater. WILLIAM SHANK New York,
>Feb. 2, 1988

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