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Subject: Ilva Ligabue
From: Ed Rosen <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Ed Rosen <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 20 Aug 1998 19:58:55 -0400
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Another sad death in the world of opera!

I first saw Ligabue in 1965, in a performance of Mefistofele also
starring Ghiaurov and Kraus.  She had a lovely, creamy soprano, and a
fine stage presence.

She made a number of recordings, and seemed somehow to specialize in the
role of Alice Ford in Falstaff.

Another week, another operatic death.   How very sad.  May she rest in
peace.

When Caruso died in 1921, some tinpan alley composer wrote a sone
called, "God wanted a songbird in heaven, so he took Caruso Away."

It would seem  that God's appetite for beauriful voices has been quite
overwhelming lately
His gain is our loss.


Best,
Ed

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