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Wednesday with Mary

La Cieca apologizes for her tardiness in saluting dear Mary this week, but she thinks you will agree it’s worth the wait: “Miss Garden’s costume differs in a marked degree from those her predecessors have worn.  When she first enters she wears a manteau of bright orange silk embroidered with startling green and blue flowers and sparkling with spangles.  Later she removes this mantle, under which appears a tight-fitting garment of netted gold, with designs in rubies and rhinestones, which falls from somewhere above the waist line to her ankles. For the dance itself, this also is removed, and Mary appears in a small piece of nearly transparent flesh-colored silk. Her feet are bare, her arms are bare and—really it is impossible to describe this costume.” [New York Times]

  • Buster

    Splendid, indeed worth the wait.

    Messager was a great composer himself, of course. I love Véronique, with Geori Boué, and recently started to like Monsieur Beaucaire a lot too -- the French version conducted by Jules Gressier.

  • Ah la Civetta

    Off-topic to darling Mary, but coming up in 15 minutes (1:30 EST), a live broadcast from Munich of a concert performance of LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR featuring Diana Damrau and Joseph Calleja:

    • Feldmarschallin

      Not to be missed I was at the second performance.

  • MontyNostry

    Talking of diva-wear, it seems that Gheorghiu was not keen on wearing the same old costumes for the current revival of La rondine (originally staged for her, of course) in London. She didn’t see why the audience should have to see her in the same old dress.

  • Camille

    Before this becomes Friday with Mary, just wanted to post this RATHER interesting live interview with Mary Garden, in the 1950’s and in her home in Aberdeen, Scotland. She was 84 years of age at the time, and still as hale and hearty and proud as a lioness.

    She speaks about singing Salome and of Richard Strauss’s conducting. Of course, about Debussy as well, but she frankly can’t recall all that much and she burned her letters.

    Really interesting dor the overwhelming human being she was, right or wrong!

    • armerjacquino

      ‘I’m not sure his wife was always there’. Love her!

      Just looking at her wiki page. Can it really be true that her parents were 19 and 14 when she was born? Autre temps, autre moeurs…

  • armerjacquino

    Her voice is fascinating too- plenty of Chicago layered over the kind of repressive, no-nonsense Highland accent you still hear north of Perth these days.

    “Emma Calvé was too fat for Carmen”: of course, that attitude started with HD broadcasts…

    • armerjacquino

      ‘Melba had a wonderful voice but no dramatic talent’. Take THAT, Dessay on Sutherland…

      • Camille

        Oh I am glad you have listened dor I was just floored by this when I stumbled across it. A huge personality.

        Here is another page from the absolutely wonderful German website

        The way she spoke about Pelléas et Mélisande was so deeply loving. It should make Genevieve’s Castle Room’s heart glad!

        Yes, armerjacquie, exactly! There is nothing new in opera. They have been saying the same things forever.

        I hipe Docky K. will get a look at this and his distinguished countrywoman.

        • Camille

          Haha, I’ve renamed Kurwenal!!!! Cocky, not Docky, dears.