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Subject: Re: Maria Ewing (was "So Long Met - Hello World")
From: Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Wed, 31 Jan 2018 17:33:15 -0500
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I remember a lovely Blanche in the first cast of "Dialogues" and a
disastrous Didon in Troyens - completely swallowed up by the part.

On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 5:09 PM, Paul Ferraro <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I just knew that if I waited long enough I would find another fan of Ms.
> Ewing's Salome.  I, too, attended several of her performances with the then
> Washington Opera (must have been nearly 30+ years ago).
>
> Admittedly, I never met a Salome I didn't love (with the notable
> exceptions of Karita Mattila, who was simply ludicrous, appearing like a
> washed-up old hooker & Montserrat Caballe, of whom I have too much respect
> & love to chance seeing her making a fool of herself).  But, I digress - I
> was a young pre-teen when I went to the Met to see Inge Borkh as the long
> time standard-setter for this wild role.  Subsequently, either in person,
> or on video I've seen Nilsson, Rysanek, Phyllis Curtin, Nina Stemme, Teresa
> Stratas, Catherine Malfitano, & finally Maria Ewing.  Each of these ladies
> made their unique impressive contributions, either vocally or
> creating/acting the character.  You can just imagine Rysanek & Nilsson
> "peeling the paint & raising the roof", for example.
>
> Maria Ewing represented the perfect characterization of the role & the
> fact that Kennedy Center's opera house is not the barn-sized Met, presented
> no problem for her vocal resources.  Other than the obvious sexy
> provocations, she was perfection as the obsessed, crazed lascivious teen,
> especially when she kept demanding Jokanaan's head.  The insistence &
> repetitions were almost frightening - as though she would spring on Herod &
> attempt to rip him apart with her claws....I am not beginning to adequately
> explain what she created, but I think a video is available.
>
> One other soprano I'd give anything to have seen in this role is Josephine
> Barstow, who is my absolute fav Lady Macbeth on the video with Kostas
> Paskalis.
>
> Heads, ummm, hats off to Ms. Ewing!
>
> Paolo
>
>
> On 1/31/2018 12:54 PM, G. Paul Padillo wrote:
>
>> Maria Ewing is alive and well and living in . . . London, I believe.
>> She's
>> slowed down (pushing 70) but for twenty or so years post Met, was quite a
>> lady of the cabaret scene and, while I’m certain many here would poo-poo
>> her, she developed a following, and the same savvy instincts that served
>> her well onstage, did the same in jazz and night club gigs.
>>
>> (Sidenote:  Ewing
>> her, she developed a following, and the same savvy instincts that served
>> he
>> her well onstage, did the same in jazz and night club gigs.
>>
>> (Sidenote:  Ewing’s daughter Rebecca Hall, from her marriage with Sir
>> Peter Hall, has grown into a world class beauty as well as an award
>> winning
>> actress of distinction starring in myriad roles on television, in film,
>> but is
>> mostly known for her stage work throughout England, the U.S. and
>> throughout Europe.  Until his death, she starred in a number of plays
>> directed by her father – the last being “Twelfth Night” where she was
>> Viola.)
>>
>> I’ve always been a fan of Ms. Ewing’s and saw her Salome a number of
>> times, including most of the performances in Washington mentioned by
>> Ghozel.  I recall one performance – I was in Standing Room – where
>> immediately after the dance, two old biddies noisily pronounced, “well I
>> never in all my days . . . “ etc., as they noisily clutched their purses
>> and
>> stepped over people to get out to the aisle for an early departure.  There
>> was a lot of “sussshhing” and more than a few snickers.  I felt bad for
>> the ca
>> cast, particularly Miss Ewing, but something tells me she enjoyed herself.
>>
>> During that run a very young, gay friend of mine (in his early 20s) met
>> Miss Ewing who invited him to dinner.  Afterwards, she asked him back to
>> her hotel.  He explained he was gay, and she essentially said, “Oh, I
>> know,
>> honey, I’m just a sad, lonely lady on the road who’s missing her family
>> something awful.”  The stayed up most of the night.
>>
>> Here, for those who care for such things, is a handful of Ms. Ewing in
>> her chanteuse mode,
>> chanteuse mode, both live and in the studio.  I love her still.
>>
>> It Never Was You
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fLbSncva4Q
>>
>> Spring is Here
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYCeXGOhUPA
>>
>> The Man That Got Away
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acFVt9vkZGw
>>
>> Lover:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyFk6jRNu0c
>>
>>  From her 2nd album (live)  Latin American Medley:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-6OfRjpZdo
>>
>> p.
>>
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