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335 comments

  • Buster says:

    Cologne Opera 14-15. Maria Bengtsson as Arabella and Desdemona! Schwanewilms as Lustige Witwe, Helen Donath as Mrs. Grose:

    http://www.operkoeln.com/vorschau1415/

    • PushedUpMezzo says:

      Thanks for that Buster. Bengtsson seems ideal for both these roles. Arabella is a new production,Otello a revival. Anybody seen that?

      After La Monnaie another brave season. Glenert’s Solaris, a Dallapiccola/Zimmerman double bill and a staged Hasse opera; but only 3 performances of Merry Widow. Oh -- and Lance Ryan as Don Jose.

      • Buster says:

        My pleasure, PUM. I go to that Schaaf Otello next month, with José Cura, and Anne Schwanewilms. Will let you know how it was.

  • zinka says:

    Reprint from earlier post on dear Gwynne Cornell’s birthday,Mar. 23, 1942. Rest in Peace.

    As today I think back to the earliest days of my “career” singing on
    stage…with the Paterson,New Jersey Lyric Opera Company (PLOT),under the
    baton of one of my heroes, Armen Boyajian, the name Gwynne Cornell (born this
    date in 1942) immediately comes to mind. I had the pleasure of singing with
    Gwynne in Ballo,Schicchi,Samson et Delilah,and Carmen ,and she was one of the
    most talent (and FUNNIEST) ladies I knew. I think back to those great opera
    parties attended by the rest of the “Paterson Crew,”
    Ramey,Plishka,Lambrinos,Theyard,Galvany,and that hilarious lady who always
    had us rolling on the floor with her infectuous humor.
    Gwynne went to Germany and made a success there, returning for a
    surprise Met debut as Klytaemnestra on a broadcast, and did a Laura with
    Bumbry,Tucker, and Ramey in Newark…somewhat over the top,as her chest voice
    reminded us of a combination of Cloe Elmo and Ella Fitzgerald..and I recall
    how Sam threw her down in Act three,and she almost fell through the
    floorboards!
    Gwynne can be seen as one of the “girls” in the video Mahagonny and
    also as the Marquise in Fille du Reggiment in a rare,shot-from-the-wings
    video with Sutherland and Kraus. Sadly, dear Gwynne passed away of Leukemia
    at only age 50, and we were so saddened by her untimely passing. She had so
    much spirit and vitality, and the career had just begun to take off.
    Ironically,one of our other mezzo friends, the great Irene Kramarich,also
    from that era, had siuccumbed to heart disease at the same age,only a few
    years earlier as I recall.
    On this day I remember dear Gwynne with great affection,not only as
    the “first mezzo with whom I sang,” but especially as a wonderful talent and
    a lady of truly marvelous wit and energy. I guess when tragedies occur,the
    best thing we can do is recall all the positives and hold them dearly in our
    memory. With affection Charlie