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Subject: Re: the greatest singers who never appeared at the met
From: Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 8 Oct 2018 13:05:22 +0200
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Did Max Lorenz ever go there? I believe a couple of German artists had been
so closely associated with the Nazis that they were barred - it took
Schwarzkopf far too long to go there. Max L. may have sung in Nazi
Bayreuth, but saved German jews.
Helge Roswange?

Maria Helleberg

Den man. 8. okt. 2018 kl. 01.47 skrev donald kane <[log in to unmask]>:

> Not my style either, so I won't name them, but a number of
> very accomplished German singers were uninvited or not
> permitted to come to the Met in the mid twentieth century.
>
> On Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 7:21 PM James Bodge <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > Lists aren't my style (I always leave someone out), but I'll try, in a
> > limited way, to point out some big omissions (by the MET, not Opera-L):
> >
> > Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
> > Janet Baker
> >
> > Someone was careful to point out that Wunderlich would have joined the
> > company, but died only a month or so before his debut.
> >
> >
> > Jim Bodge
> >
> > ***
> >
> > On 10/7/2018 5:17 PM, kurt youngmann wrote:
> > > It’s possible that this topic has been discussed before, but it’s tough
> > to remember everything that’s come up in the 20+ years I’ve been
> > participating on this forum.
> > >
> > > Who are the great singers who have never sung at the Met? I’m limiting
> > my choices to artists who sang in my lifetime - basically the 40s through
> > today.
> > >
> > > Number 1 for me is Boris Christoff, a giant in an era of operatic
> > giants. He made his U.S debut in San Francisco and graced the Lyric
> Opera’s
> > stage in Chicago from 1957 until 1963. I had the pleasure of seeing all
> his
> > roles here and found all but two of them definitive for me. To experience
> > him onstage with his brother-in-law, Tito Gobbi, was the thrill of a
> > lifetime. From what I’ve heard, he was to make his Met debut in Bing’s
> > opening production of Don Carlo, but the political vicissitudes of the
> cold
> > war era kept him from coming to the U.S. I also believe that he had
> > contracted to sing Mephistopheles some time later but that he objected to
> > the production and cancelled. The Met had other basses, Siepi for
> example,
> > so they fared well enough without him but that company’s audiences
> missed a
> > towering talent.
> > >
> > > Number 2, a close second, is Leyla Gencer. George Jelinek, a true
> expert
> > in all topics operatic, referred to her as “almost a Callas.” She had one
> > Chicago role, Elisabetta, and appeared elsewhere in the U.S. on just a
> few
> > other occasions, mostly with the San Francisco Opera at home and on tour
> (8
> > roles). I find her voice more attractive than Callas’s and she was a
> > complete artist.
> > >
> > > With apologies to Bob Rideout, I’d like to include Anita Cerquetti in
> > this list as well. Bob has said that the brevity of her career keeps her
> > from being classified as a great singer but that voice was amazing. She
> > sang here as the Ballo Amelia (twice) and Elisabetta. She was scheduled
> to
> > sing Donna Anna (1958, I think) but had to cancel due to illness.
> > >
> > > Which singers are missing from my list?
> > >
> > > Kurt Youngmann
> > >
> >
> > > "There are hundreds and hundreds of scientists, many of them holding
> > Nobel Prizes, who believe in intelligent design." - Rep. Michelle
> Bachmann
> > >.
> > (good god)
> >
> > ****
> >
> > You only need two things: WD-40 and Duct Tape.  If something moves and
> > it shouldn't, use the Duct Tape.  If it won't move and it should, use
> > the WD-40
> >
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