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Subject: Re: Vinay
From: ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:ANGELO MAMMANO <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:47:58 -0500

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Vinay sang Dr. Schoen with Opera Company of Boston in January of 1964. 

Joan Carroll was Lulu and Thebom was Geschwitz.  It was the Eastern U. S.

premiere after Santa Fe.  He also returned to the company in  February of 1967

as Iago with Heater, Tebaldi and Theyard. His return-to-baritone days went on

for quite a while and I was happy to see him after not being able to in his tenor

period.  He is listed in the program as co-director with Caldwell.  His Dr. Schoen

was particularly impressive.  After the performance outside the theater I heard

Sills say that Lulu would not appeal to audiences in contrast to Wozzeck.

BTW while attending an Ernani dress several years ago at the Met I was talking

with my companion about Boston and a woman who overheard us said that her

husband had sung there and his name was William Dembaugh.  I recognized the

name and told her that I had seen him at that '67 Otello as Roderigo.  He thanked

me profusely for remembering him and said that I made his day.  There's nothing

that makes singers happier than when someone remembers their performances.

Angelo from Boston

> On January 20, 2018 at 6:45 PM David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>     Vinay had started as a baritone and when he re-descended in category he sang some major gigs through 1969 including Iago, Scarpia and Telramund-- that even at Bayreuth ( witness the Sawallisch recording of 1962).
>     In San Francisco  Opera's 1965-66 he sang not only Bartolo but Scarpia  ( with Collier and Kirsten) and Dr. Schoen ( with Lear and Richard Lewis)!
>     I imagine Bing-- who, one gathers from Kolodin's book, could not wait to get rid of Vinay at the end of his tenor phase, gave him Bartolo as a return vehicle to invite failure. Surely he would have done better in a serious, non-bel canto part. Bing also had and deployed MacNeil and Colzani , but surely Vinay (whom my parents recall as one of the greatest opera actors they'd ever seen) would have been am improvement in 1964-64 as Iago over Merrill-- for all his vocal excellence quite risible in the part, at least as seen in the televised excerpts with McCracken. In 1964's LOHENGRIN Bing had the sturdy and doubtless convincing Cassel as Telramund finish at least one show for the vocally fatigued Uhde. Vinay could have helped out there too.
>     Of course Bing "only did masterpieces" ( like MARTHA, THE GYPSY BARON and THE LAST SAVAGE!!), so that no Vinay Dr. Schoen would have been possible. Anyone see that assumption SF or LA?
>     What might an early 60s Old Met LULU have been like?
>     To cast just from the actual roster 1963-65
>     Lulu: Anneliese Rothenberger
>     Geschwitz: Blanche Thebom/Kerstin Meyer
>     Dr. Schoen: Ramon Vinay
>     Alwa: John Alexander
>     Schigolch: Paul Schoeffler/Marko Rothmueller
>     Athlete/Rodrigo etc: John Reardon/Sherrill Milnes [perfect, no?]
>     Schoolboy etc: Mildred Miller/Helen Vanni
>     Karl Boehm, conductor
>     -David Shengold

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