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Subject: Ilona Tokody
From: Michael Barclay <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Michael Barclay <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 9 Jul 1998 06:27:11 -0700
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        Dear Listers,                           Thurs July 9, 1998

        I certainly disagree about Tokody's SFO BOHEME which I found
        mediocre and am unfamiliar with her recorded SUOR ANGELICA
        but feel much more secure recommending Scotto in one of her
        great roles.  Tokody is in her early 50's now and still sings
        with the Hungarian National Opera.  I saw her five years ago do
        a smashing Eva in DIE MEISTERSIGER with Sandor Nagy as Sachs.

        I don't read Hungarian but this performance was so vivid and
        charming I shall never forget a promising Walter (extremely
        good looking), Nagy's Sachs, the best of the 40 or so Davids
        I have seen and heard--absolutely brilliant--and the surprise
        at how wonderful Tokody was in her own language--the performance
        was in Hungarian.  After a brief flurry with an international
        career that got nowhere she returned to her home house as a
        star and is now an aging star.

        She gets good assignments and records occasionally--she is in
        a small role in the most recent recording of Liszt's St.
        Elisabeth.

        Yours truly,

        Michael Barclay,D.Lett.  OEI

Michael Barclay, D.Lett.   [log in to unmask]
Opera Education International/OEI, Berkeley, CA  www.operalover.net
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