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Subject: Re: LOC and Boris Christoff (was STRIKE!!!)
From: John Irving <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:John Irving <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 13 Oct 2018 15:14:44 -0500
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Flores and Kauffman have both appeared at the Lyric.  Kauffman appeared as Romeo with Dessay as Juliette.  Flores sang in Cenerentola.  Dessay appeared also as Lucia.  All great performances.

    John

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> On Oct 13, 2018, at 3:02 PM, Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 
> And then there was Boris Christoff whose American career was almost
> exclusively defined by his appearances with LOC.
> 
> From 1957 when he debuted at the Lyric in Don Carlo, he appeared
> in Boris Godunov, again as Philip, Boito's Mefistofele. Guardiano,
> Don Basilio, Prince Igor (both roles), Colline, Zaccaria, and an encore
> of Basilio. I may have left something out. I think he last appeared in
> 1963.
> 
> It was an extraordinary run of legendary performances that brought
> tons of opera lovers to Chicago, including a number who I knew in New
> York.
> 
> When the story of LOC is told, his will be remembered as one of its most
> important chapters.
> 
> Bob
> 
>> On Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 15:26 Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>> David:
>>     LOC has been, from a vocal and superstar standpoint, "spotty", but
>> not for as long as your post might infer.  Throughout the 1960's and
>> 1970's, such singers as Nilsson, Sutherland, Horne, Kraus, Domingo, Gobbi,
>> Berganza, Corelli, Baltsa, Vickers, Tomova-Sintow, Bumbry, Freni,
>> Cossotto, etc, were all included in a number of seasons.
>>     When Bill Mason became manager, the superstar singers were never
>> engaged.  Starting in the mid 1990's, Lyric Opera was rather short on super
>> power stars.  We've had Radvanovsky in some of her star vehicles -----
>> Aida, Ballo, Norma, Anna Bolena, as well as Matthew Polenzani in a good
>> number of performances.  But we DON'T get Florez, Kaufmann, Nebrebko, etc.
>> at all.
>>     It seem hard to believe that this is a company launched by Callas,
>> Simionato, Steber, Tebaldi, Bjoerling, Tucker, Nilsson, Borkh, Bastianini,
>> Gobbi, Schwartzkopf, Moffo, etc.
>>> On October 13, 2018 at 12:54 PM David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Consider the upside -- Chicago will not be subjected to the Lyric's
>> 'Siegfried'.
>>> 
>>> As to its reputation, on the vocal side at least, the company was
>>> extraordinary at the beginning in the 50's and has been spotty ever
>> since.
>>> 
>>> David Kubiak
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