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Subject: deaths on the Met stage (was Domingo to sing Gianni Schicchi)
From: Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Mike Leone <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 29 Jan 2018 22:11:08 +0000

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Hello all--
Alas, at this point, it is too late for any singer to achieve the distinction of being be the third singer to die on the stage of the Met.  This from the Met archives for January 5, 1996:
>[Minutes into the scheduled premiere of Janácek's opera [The Makropulos Case], after singing the line "You can only live so long" from a ladder on the set, Richard Versalle, portraying Vítek, suffered a fatal heart attack, and fell ten feet to the stage below. The curtain was lowered and a few minutes later General Manager Joseph Volpe announced the cancellation of the performance.}
Mike Leone
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      From: Wendell Eatherly <[log in to unmask]>
 To: [log in to unmask] 
 Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 5:42 AM
 Subject: Re: Domingo to sing Gianni Schicchi
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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