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Subject: Re: Nelson Eddy and Opera
From: Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Operatics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 11 Oct 2018 07:17:14 -0700
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Thanks Paul,   It's so nice to know after 60 years that it wasn't sinful 
to enjoy him.:-)
Estelle




On 10/10/2018 7:44 PM, G. Paul Padillo wrote:
> Speaking of Nelson Eddy, I think many people are often surprised when they realize the
> extent and success of his operatic endeavors.
>
> In 1931 Stokowski conducted the American Premiere of "Wozzeck" with Nelson Eddy as The
> Drum Major.
>
> There is also a live Stokowski recording of "Parsifal" from Philadelphia with Eddy as
> Gurnemanz, and Rose Bampton as Kundry.
>
> Eddy had committed at least 35 opera roles to memory and had performed 31 of those.
>
> He thought Hollywood should make opera films, but not until they figured out a way to do
> them justice.
>
> Nelson's favorite opera was "Gotterdammerung," and (naturally) his favorite composer was
> Wagner.
>
> His roles included:
>
> CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA - Alfio
> LA NAVARRAISE - Bustamente
> GIANNI SCHICCHI - Gianni Schicchi
> SAMSON ET DELILAH - Abimelech & the High Priest
> TANNHAUSER - Wolfram
> MADAMA BUTTERFLY - Sharpless
> ROMEO ET JULIETTE - Mercutio
> LOHENGRIN - Herald
> FEUERSNOT - Hammerlein
> SECRET OF SUZANNE - Count Gil
> L'AMORE DEI TRE RE - Manfredo
> DIE MEISTERSINGER - Kothner
> MANON LESCAUT - Lescaut
> L'ENFANT PRODIGUE - Simeon
> ORFEO ED EURYDICE - Orfeo
> DAS RHEINGOLD - Donner
> GOTTERDAMMERUNG - Gunther
> FAUST - Valentine
> HANSEL AND GRETL - Peter
> L'ELISIR D'AMORE - Belcore
> ELEKTRA - Orestes
> WOZZECK - Drum Major
> MARIA EGIZIACA - Abbot Zosimo and Pilgrim (Respighi's opera - world premiere)
> SALOME - Jochanahan (to Jeritza's Salome)
> PARSIFAL - Gurnemanz
>
> Of great interest to me was the fact Eddy had written a screenplay based on the life of
> Chaliapin  and planned to star in it.  Talk about missed opportunities!
>
> p.
>
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