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Subject: Re: the young bastianini
From: Donald S <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Donald S <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 30 Nov 2018 23:08:42 -0700
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My first Don Carlo as a young teen had Ettore Bastianini as Rodrigo (1965) I couldn’t understand why that gorgeous voice I knew from recordings was dry in sound. Of course two years later we knew why. A great singer and a glorious vocal instrument. 

Donald

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> On Nov 30, 2018, at 19:43, Michael McPherson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> Kurt,
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> I couldn’t agree with you more. Ettore Bastianini had one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard in all of opera — and was a great actor on the stage. While I liked him in everything he sang at the Met, I have never heard Gerard sung better.. For opera to lose him at such a young age is just one of those tragedies that life occasionally springs up on us .
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> Best,
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> Michael
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> Michael J. McPherson
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>> On Nov 30, 2018, at 7:43 PM, kurt youngmann <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>> Among the most remarkably beautiful voices I’ve ever heard was that of Ettore Bastianini. For sheer beauty of timbre I rank him with Ruffo, Stracciari, Warren and a few others of the 20th century. (I’m speaking of vocal beauty and not including interpretive excellence into the mix).
>> 
>> I’ve just been listening to a recording of his Amonasro in an “Aida” dating from 1952, shortly after he had realized that he was, in fact, a baritone and not a bass. He never lost the resonance of his low register which I find most appealing in a baritone. As I’ve mentioned previously, when he appeared in Chicago in “Puritani” along with Rossi-Lemeni, it was hard to differentiate between the two which was the baritone and which was the bass. OK, that’s not a fair comparison because R-L had no low notes at all. But even still...
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>> Anyway, my point is that I never tire of listening to Bastianini’s magnificent sound. He was only with us for a few short years but I’m thankful for the recorded legacy he left.
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>> Kurt Youngmann
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>> Common sense is not so common.” —Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary, 1764
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