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Subject: Re: David Poleri (was Speculation about Marjorie Lawrence)
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Wed, 17 Jan 2018 16:36:19 -0500

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I first heard of David Poleri when listening to the original cast recording of 
Menotti’s “The Saint of Bleecker Street.”  I loved the sound of his voice 
immediately, but was wholly unprepared for his 2nd act aria “I know that 
you all hate me.”  My hair, literally, stood up on the back of my neck.  
There was power and sweetness in Poleri’s voice which makes the outburst 
at the end of the aria all the more chilling.  

I searched for more of his singing and A recording recommendation was 
happily discovered a Beethoven 9th with Boston under Munch, which 
included three other (then) young American singers;  Leontyne Price, 
Maureen Forrester and Giorgio Tozzi.  Mr. Rideout mentioned the 
excellent “Damnation du Faust” (paired with that amazing “La Damoiselle 
Elue” of Debussy, with Madame de los Angeles) which sadly, seems to be 
presently out of print, but fortunately, has been uploaded to youtube in its 
entirety and may be found here:

A few other odds and ends, but mostly pirates, including a rare 
(particularly back then) performance of Tchaikovsky’s (there he is 
again!) “Mazeppa” with Bastianini, Christoff and the Maria of Magda Olivero.

I've remained a fan ever since, saddened both by the fact I never got to 
see him live, and for what sounds to have been a sad, unhappy life.  

Here is Mr. Poleri in the first thing that made me love hims, and what I 
consider the best aria in Menotti’s greatest opera.


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