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Subject: Re: Flagstad (was Re: Vocal Training and Two Great Tenors)
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 8 Mar 2018 13:48:40 -0500

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I would love to have heard a Flagstad Eva, far more than the
boring ALCESTE I sat through; she is, for me, one of Wagner's
most cherishable heroines.


On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 1:23 PM, Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Indeed.
> The other one I’ve really wondered about is her Aida. An older music
> critic friend saw her sing “Ritorna vincitor” in recital during the late
> 30s. He said the effect was “electrifying.”
> Later he had chance to ask her “Why not at the Met?” Her simple response
> was “they never asked me.”
> She badly wanted to sing Eva at the Met but was told “no one wants to hear
> you in that.”
> The reason I’m so curious about what she learned from Bratt is that her
> way of singing seems so unique. The sound is so huge but seems to pour out
> (never “pushed” out) with extraordinarily little effort, sounding as easy
> as speaking. Other singers have developed great muscular strength in the
> support muscles, but the results have been very different. Again, for the
> size of the voice, it seems like she required very little air to “drive”
> it. She just continued singing on as though breathing weren’t even a
> consideration. Several times conductors were asking if she didn’t want a
> pause for a breath here or there, only to be calmly told “I have no need.”
> Roberta mentioned the ever-present “soft” attack (which I think was
> wrongly attributed to “scooping”) which, at least from the outside, seems
> very different from Nilsson. Nilsson was also unique in a different way in
> how she managed to thrive with what sounded like a fairly forceful attack
> (particularly in how she seemed to be able to slam out powerful top notes).
> Not for every voice: Ursula Schröder-Feinen didn’t survive it.
> Max Paley
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Mar 7, 2018, at 16:35, donald kane <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Minnie is the one that always intrigued me, because Flagstad', the
> person,
> > must have been like that when she was young, and as Donald Levine put it,
> > "it's a big sing".
> >
> > dtmk
> >
> >

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