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Subject: Re: Felicia Weathers
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 30 Jan 2018 20:30:55 -0500
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See Patrick's comments below.

Her Met debut was twenty years earlier. She sang Lisa in
Pique Dame and she was sensational. 

Judging Weathers from a 1986 clip is like judging Maria 
Callas' voice in 1972 or Renata Tebaldi's in 1974.

Not a good idea!

Bob

On Tue, 30 Jan 2018 19:14:40 -0600, Ombrarecds <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>I found a YouTube live recital with her in 1986. Voice much smaller and very carefully 
managed.
>
>Patrick Byrne
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 30, 2018, at 6:59 PM, Max D. Winter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> "What happened to Felicia Weathers?"
>> 
>> It is my understanding that she burned her voice out in just a few years.  How, I don't 
know, 
>> although it may have been singing roles that were too heavy for her; she was basically 
a light 
>> lyric soprano and she sang parts like Salome, Aida and Elisabetta in "Don Carlos."  She 
>> stopped singing opera in the early 70s although I believe she did some recital work in 
Europe 
>> for a while.
>> 
>> Here is what Lanfranco Rasponi says about Weathers in "The Last Prima Donnas:
>> 
>> "The gifted black soprano Felicia Weathers is another one who made an immediate 
success,
>> took on roles that were too heavy for her delicate instrument, and was gone
>> with the wind."
>> 
>> She did a couple of recitals for Decca that I have not heard. 
>> 
>> MDW  
>> 
>> 
>> 
>
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