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Subject: Re: The greatest singers who never appeared at the Met
From: Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 Oct 2018 14:08:09 -0400

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Hi David

Russ also sang extensively in South America.

De Angelis had an enormous career in South America.
One of the very biggest! And he inaugurated the
Chicago-Philadelphia Opera company as Ramfis. It
was his only North American season, but during it, he
toured throughout the Midwest and to the East Coast.
The Chicago Company had annual tours that often
spanned the Continent.

Sorry, can't answer your final questions. But, Borgatti sang
a great deal in South America, as you say.

It was not an immutable fact, but, generally, in those days,
singers who based their careers at the Met did not sing
lots in the Southern Hemisphere and those who were
primarily based in Italy and/or Iberia, spent the Summer
months in South America, where it was Winter.  There are
more than enough exceptions to both prove and disprove
the rule :-)

And that is partly why, until after WWII there are so many famous
and great Italian names missing from the Met annals.


On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 13:02 David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi Bob
> I meant to include those first two right after Hina Spani! De Angelis did
> make it to Chicago and Buenos Aires.
> I am sure you know all of this!
> Giannina Russ was another Manhattan Opera artist, and Schlusnus sang at
> the Chicago Opera in the late 20s.
> Burzio, Mazzoleni and Arangi Lombardi also sang in South America, as did
> the latter's teacher Tina Poli-Randaccio (who toured North America with
> Mascagni).
> Giuseppe Borgatti toured South America, but I don't think his pupils
> Heddle Nash or the ardent Nazi Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender ever made it to
> the Western Hemisphere-- or am I wrong?
> How about Joan Hammond- did she ever sing concerts in America?
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Bob Rideout <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
> *Cc:* Opera-L <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent:* Monday, October 8, 2018 10:16 AM
> *Subject:* Re: The greatest singers who never appeared at the Met
> David
> Your father was right - The Orfeo was "ghastly beyond belief".
> Minghini Cattaneo never sang in the Western Hemisphere. The
> Preiser liner notes are incorrect.
> A few comments on other posts, and some additions -
> Since we are determined to add everyone who sang between the
> Great Flood and Rudolf Bing's tenure, I'll add
> Nazzareno de Angelis
> Giannina Arangi Lombardi
> Eugenia Burzio
> Ester Mazzoleni
> Giannina Russ
> Heinrich Schlusnus
> Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau was a magnificent and very resonant
> Barak at Munich, a theater smaller than the Met for sure.  But I
> am persuaded he woukd have been heard well at the Met based
> on my experience in Munich and others at Carnegie Hall.
> Norman Treigle is my idea of a comprimario voice attached to a
> wonderful stage presence. A great singer? Not in this house!
> If you want to add another bass, try Giulio Neri, a truly great voice.
> Eva Turner had a very ordinary career, and is ultimately remembered
> for a couple of records and Turandot. She would never be on my
> list of great singers, nor was she so considered in her own time.
> Bob
> On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 09:41 David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> *We should remember that quite a number of the singers who have been
> mentioned DID appear in New York in one way or another: at the Manhattan or
> NYCO ( including Maria Reining, as the Marschallin and Ariadne), in concert
> opera ( including Cerquetti, plus Fischer-Dieskau in DOKTOR FAUST and a
> legendarily arch, inert ORFEO with Schwarzkopf-- my father, who had and
> loved many of their records, said it was ghastly beyond belief, save for
> Popp as Amor) and in concerts or recitals. Some came with the visiting
> Chicago/Philadelphia companies or in guest visits by Rome (like Ilva
> Ligabue, who also sang for the American Opera Society) or Hamburg or the
> Finnish National or the ENO. ( Non-Met artists Valerie Masterson-- who
> earlier appeared at City Center with the D'Oyly Carte, I saw her with great
> pleasure when I was a small child-- Helen Field, and the late Arthur Davies
> appeared on that tour.) I say this as a Manhattan native: major and iconic
> company that it is, The Met is not 'the only game in town' and never has
> been.*
> *Of Vesna's list: Gerville-Reache, like Mary Garden and Charles Dalmores (
> and also great stars such as Maurice Renaud and Georges Baklanoff, who each
> joined the Met for only one performance, essentially as guests) sang at the
> Met's rival company the Manhattan Opera 1907-1910; she was also heard in
> NYC with the touring Philadelphia and Chicago operas before she died at 32
> in 1915.*
> *Tauber, already ill, sang a month-long run in 1946 on Broadway of an
> adaptation of THE LAND OF SMILES, opposite former Met Oscar/QON/Olympia
> Stella Andreva.*
> *Kuznetsova also appeared at the Manhattan Opera Company, in the US
> premiere of CLEOPATRE in 1916. I may be wrong but I don't think Raveau or
> Schoene ever appeared outside of Europe. *Minghini-Cattaneo made it to
> Egypt, but not AFAIK to the Western Hemisphere. Anday had major successes
> circa 1929 and 1930 in Montevideo and Buenos Aires, but I don;t know that
> she came to North America-- there are certainly several other such cases,
> the South American theaters were of considerable importance and troupes and
> soloists would ship there for months.
> *Merriman did sing in NYC, in Toscanini's NBC Orchestra concerts of
> RIGOLETTO Act IV, OTELLO, FALSTAFF and ORFEO Act II. Also concerts and
> other orchestral recitals, I believe.*
> *Klose, past her best or not, did appear at San Francisco Opera in 1953,
> as the WALKUERE Fricka, Klytemnestra , Ulrica  She sang there with **Gertrud
> Grob-Prandl and Ludwig Suthaus, who might also be on our list (and also
> with Sills as Gerhilde and the Fifth Maid!), I believe my parents heard
> Klose in a NYC recital around that time; they certainly heard Stignani in
> that format.*
> *Maria mentioned Max Lorenz-- he DID sing at the Met, 1931-34 and again
> 1948-1950.*
> *The great Maria Cebotari- who I believe also never sang outside of
> Europe, and like several singers mentioned above died very young-- should
> be added to the list.*
> *Best - David Shengold*
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Vesna Danilovic <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
> *Cc:* Opera-L <[log in to unmask]>
> *Sent:* Monday, October 8, 2018 8:23 AM
> *Subject:* Re: The greatest singers who never appeared at the Met
> I was surprised to see that some of these singers never sang at the Met.
> Among those already mentioned, I would single out Rosa Raisa, the first
> Turandot, as one of the most puzzling Met omissions because she lived in
> the states for a long time and yet the Met never seized the opportunity to
> engage her.
> Many names were already mentioned, which made me revisit the Met online
> archives and there were a few more I didn't see listed:
> Maria Kuznetsova
> Richard Tauber
> Lotte Schone
> Some artists who had to go into exile from the Nazis found their home at
> the Met, but not sure if Schone and Tauber were ever invited.
> And there are quite a few mezzos & contraltos to be added to those that
> others already spoke about:
> Jeanne Gerville-Reache
> Alice Raveau
> Rosette Anday
> Irene Minghini-Cattaneo
> Margarete Klose
> Germaine Cernay
> Nan Merriman
> Zara Dolukhanova
> Most of these, except for Merriman and Dolukhanova (I think Klose was past
> her prime by then), are from the pre-Bing era .
> Vesna
> On Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 8:33 PM David Shengold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>  Seems like we've been through this a score of times.
> Some Met-worthy singers I have yet to see mentioned this time around:
> Hina Spani
> Elena Nicolai
> Rolando Panerai
> Boris Shtolokov
> Evgeny Nesterenko
> Georgy Nelepp
> Mary Garden
> Maria Ivogun
> Maria Nemeth
> Maria Reinng
> Andrzej Hiolski
> Sergey Lemeshev
> Claire Watson
> Helge Roswaenge
> Rita Streich
> Tamara Milashkina
> Ivo Zidek
> Charles Dalmores
> Beno Blachut
> Franz Voelker
> Margarete Klose
> Paul Robseon
> Jules Bledsoe
> Tino Pattiera
> Hilde Konetzni
> Niza de Castro-Tank
> Giuseppina Cobelli
> Robert Massard
> Chester Ludgin
> Andree Esposito
> Suzanne Danco
> Frances Bible
> Maggie Teyte

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