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Subject: Re: Dramatic Verdian mezzos today
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 5 Feb 2018 19:58:44 +0000
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On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 2:37 PM tom ponti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I am inclined to think that the lack of important Italian operatic singers
> today, is due to the lack of interest in opera of the present day
> generation. Surely, the potential is there, or so one would think? I forgot
> about Bartoli, who I thought was a great singer with a wonderful, if
> smallish voice.
>
>
> ________________________________
> From: Donald Levine <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 1:15 PM
> To: tom ponti
> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Dramatic Verdian mezzos today
>
> Dear Zia Cloe and List,
>
> This is an interesting question.  Obviously the last great dramatic mezzo
> produced on the Italian peninsula was Luciana D'Intino who is only about
> seven years younger then our beloved Dolora, but she is 59 years old and
> over the years has rarely performed in North or South America.  I'm told
> like Bartoli, she dislikes long travel.  She has chalked up a total of 6
> performances at the Met, two each of Eboli, Amneris and Azucena between
> 2005 & 2009.  During those years, of course had Zajick but the Met seemed
> to prefer Borodina, a gorgeous voice, in the big Verdi roles.  Personally I
> always felt her voice was a bit short for them and a size or so too small
> to boot.  You are right to say that except for a few Slavic mezzo, there is
> seemingly no one in Italy to handle these roles.  There are a few who are
> now in their late 50's and early 60's who for one reason or another, just
> didn't get to this side of the pond.  The situation of course is the same
> with the big voiced sopranos.  Yes, there is Anna Pirozzi, Maria Agresta
> and Carmen Giannattasio, all very good sopranos, but none in the class of
> Caniglia, Tebaldi , Stella, Chiara, Mancini, Cerquetti, not to mention the
> many who had major, if not overwhelming careers in Italy but not elsewhere
> - Pedrini, Frazzoni , Gavazzi, Santunione, Orlandi-Malaspina.  Its a
> problem and seems to have no solution.   I am sure the babies are still
> being born and might even be singing somewhere but so far they have not
> been brought forward.  Perhaps the impressarios and managers are looking
> for something different?  I have not mentioned Ghena Dimitrova, Anna
> Tomowa-Sintow, Eva Marton, Maria Guleghina or Galina Gorchakova because the
> focus here is on Italy.  Again, all Slavic sopranos, and except for a
> nearly 60 year old Guleghina, none currently active (of course we lost the
> great Dimitrova prematurely to cancer in 2005.  I think also, in Sharon
> Sweet we had a mighty voice and immense talent that eventually succombed to
> physical problems, but again, an American, not an Italian.
>
> Am I wrong?  Have I missed something?
>
> As for Marjorie Lawrence, it always seemed to be a falcon voice.  She
> never was quite sure of where she was going.  With the Brunnhilde's,
> Sieglinde's, Senta's, Alceste, Tosca, she also sang Aida and Amneris,
> Ortrud and other swischenfacht (spelling?) roles early in her career.  Who
> knows what would have happened.  The voice was secure throughout its range
> up to her last staged and semi staged performances in the late 40's.
>
> Donald
>
> On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 10:37 AM, tom ponti <[log in to unmask]<mailto:
> [log in to unmask]>> wrote:
> Sadly, it seems as though there are very few outstanding opera singers
> from Italy lately. Can anyone name any under 50? Grigorio is the only one I
> know of.
>

Who is Grigorio?


>
> ________________________________
> From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]
> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>> on behalf of Scott Grunow <
> [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
> Sent: Monday, February 5, 2018 12:21 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [OPERA-L] Dramatic Verdian mezzos today
>
> Zajick is winding down. I think Anita La Rach  is her successor as a
> Verdian mezzo.
>
>
> I've mentioned this before, but it seems the dramatic mezzos are coming
> from Eastern Europe, not from Italy, or if they do come from Italy, they
> only sing there, perhaps. \
>
>
> Any other Verdian mezzo possibilities?
>
>
> I was thinking Jamie Barton, but she seems more like a lighter, brighter
> "French" mezzo for roles like Didon, Charlotte, Leonor in La Favorite, etc.
>
>
> I don't go the opera, I rarely even get out for an HD broadcast (financial
> and medical reasons), and thus I fear I live in the past, listening to
> Stignani, Barbieri, Bumbry, Dominguez, etc.
>
>
> Mezzomaniac (still wondering if Marjorie Lawrence might have become a
> mezzo even if she had not been afflicted by polio, but the thread ended up
> being about David Poleri)
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