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Subject: Re: The good old times: they are *now*
From: Richard & Linda Nechamkin & Borman <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Sun, 27 Dec 1998 20:50:29 -0500

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To answer this list of present day baritones, the thread has to do with
dramatic Verdi baritones i.e. MacNeil or Merrill.  IMO the closest we
have today is Chernov who has a well placed voice, but is not quite big
enough for the barns which pass for opera houses.
>         Not if you don't count these singers whom I happen
>         to fancy, more or less in this order (and from the
>         top of my head, making obvious and painful omissions galore) --
>         Bryn Terfel
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Thomas Quasthoff
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Anthony Michaels-Moore
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Gerald Finley
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Bernd Weikl
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Thomas Hampson
Not a Verdi baritone
>         Alan Held
>         Alfredo Daza
>         Gabriele Schnaut
NOT!!!!! A BARITONE!!!!! Probably the best Wagnerian Soprano around
>         Sherrill Milnes (yep, still)
You've *got* to be kidding. WOOF! to paraphrase the aria from CANDIDE,
"Sing flat and have a career".

Richard Nechamkin

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