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Subject: Re: Fwd: Met Tosca in HD/Radio (Zinka - Klara Kluck)
From: tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:tom ponti <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:39:18 +0000

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As the old saying goes, there is no accounting for one's taste. You obviously despised Milanov, which is your right a privilege to do so but must you continually do what you can, in a phony comical way, to trash her? I never heard her live but when I first began attending Met performances, in the early sixties, many who I met there loved her voice and singing. I heard a late fifties Gioconda broadcast that I and most of the audience seemed to think was fabulous. Perhaps she was more vocally inconsistent than some others, but she must have doe enough right to have had such a large devoted following. Perhaps it is time for you to grow up and keep your nasty and childish anti Milanov comments to yourself. We, or most of us, have heard enough! 
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Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 9:57 AM 
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Subject: [OPERA-L] Fwd: Met Tosca in HD/Radio (Zinka - Klara Kluck) 
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From: Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]> 
Date: Mon, Jan 29, 2018 at 1:17 PM 
Subject: Re: Met Tosca in HD/Radio (Zinka - Klara Kluck) 
To: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> 
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Admittedly, I enjoy the Zinkster's comic attributes but I have, on occasion 
(when forced 👿), conceded the virtues you outline. For me, they never 
morphed into a satisfying whole that I could listen to as an integral 
performance - moments of gold followed by reams of generalized dross. Some 
might make the same comments about Joan Sutherland, but for me she always 
finds a way straight to my heart.   Its not so much a matter of "fake news" 
but rather one's personal - editorial tolerance for a singers mix of 
virtues and flaws. 
Thanks for reminding me of that '55 Ballo - classic Zinkalatura in the 
conspirators chorus!  Start around 2:20 if you want to cut to the chase. 
Its not only the little stuff that flummoxes her though, she can swoop and 
hoot through the grander moments like a Drag Queen on Ambien.  The second 
is La Mama Morta. Despite the conductor and the forward propulsion of the 
music, the voice just doesn't want to move and when she comes to the end, 
its like the train chug a lugging into Hooterville... 
I think I'm a lost cause... 
Un Ballo in Maschera: Ve' se di notte qui colla sposa<> 
Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Un Ballo in Maschera: Ve' se di notte qui colla sposa · Giorgio Tozzi · Norman Scott · Robert Merrill · Zinka... 
Zinka Milanov: Giordano - Andrea Chénier, 'La mamma morta'<> 
Zinka Milanov (Croatian pronunciation: [zîːŋka milǎnɔv̞]) (May 17, 1906 – May 30, 1989) was a Croatian-born operatic spinto soprano who had a major career ce... 
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