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A shocker is born

A shocker is born

A shocker is born On this day in 1900 Hariclea Darclée added Tosca to a repertoire which also included Gilda in Rigoletto, Ophélie in Hamlet, Valentine in Les Huguenots, Violetta in La traviata, Desdemona in Otello, Mimì in La boheme, Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticana, Elisabeth in Tannhäuser, and the title roles in Manon, Manon Lescaut, Aida, and Carmen. On this day in 1900 Puccini’s Tosca premiered in Rome.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLR3lSrqlww     Source: Music-2 A shocker ... Read More »

There’s no business like shoe business

There’s no business like shoe business

There’s no business like shoe business On this day in 1912 Pietro Mascagni’s Lodoletta had its United States premiere at the Metropolitan with Geraldine Farrar and Enrico Caruso in the leading roles.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2DKI2iQMfI Pitts Sanborn in the World Seldom, indeed has the nameless and unsuspected malady that claims so many a hapless lady of the lyric stage seemed more gratuitous in its attack than in the case of Lodoletta. Surely it was quite enough for ... Read More »

Seligstes Weib!

Seligstes Weib!

Seligstes Weib! On this day in 1934 soprano Lotte Lehmann made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Sieglinde.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=opbYohwrAn8 Hubbard Hutchinson in The New York Times wrote: Mme. Lehmann’s voice is not immense in volume as operatic voices go, yet she used it so beautifully that it seemed far larger than it is. Her pianissimo, of exquisite quality, carried to the farthest corner of the house; her fortissimi pierced without difficulty the climaxes of the orchestra. ... Read More »

Su, profetessa!

Su, profetessa!

Su, profetessa! On this day in 1955 contralto Marian Anderson made her historic Metropolitan Opera debut.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf-d02XdqaI Miles Kastendieck in the New York Journal American: Marion Anderson’s debut on January 7 became one of the historic moments in the Metropolitan Opera&8217;s 71-year-old story. For her it marked the realization of a childhood dream. For the Metropolitan it not only broke tradition but also set a precedent for including Negroes in future casts. For all it ... Read More »

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