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“An earthquake of unprecedented intensity and duration”

On this day in 1897 Gustav Mahler became director of the Wiener Hofoper.  

Born on this day in 1909 baritone Mack Harrell

Born on this day in 1913 tenor Helmut Krebs

Born on this day in 1919 baritone Manuel Ausensi

Born on this day in 1920 soprano Dorothy Dow

Born on this day in 1925 mezzo-soprano Irene Dalis

  • gustave of montreal

    Dalis one of the greatest; those who havent heard her Eboli in 1957 have not lived. Thanks for this Parsifal scene, glorious.

  • Krunoslav

    Dalis is excellent as Kundry, though in the final analysis I’d go with Moedl or Ludwig.

    As the Amme in FRAU, despite Dr. Nazi-ist Karl’s cuts, she sounds STUPENDOUS.

  • Lady Abbado
  • Camille

    Since Gustav Mahler is the headliner for this thread, I am wondering once more if anyone has read the biography about Alma, The Malevolent Muse, which is reputedly a reliable bio. There are several and I am wondering which one to consider, that’s all.

    Thank you.

    • DellaCasaFan

      I think I misplaced my post. It was in response to Camille’s inquiry about the biography about Alma Mahler.

  • DellaCasaFan

    The translation is often awkward (probably the original as well) that I stopped reading after the Mahler chapter. Copiously documented but didn’t look revelatory to me though can’t say much for the rest of the book. I believe that, on the whole, Keegan’s biography is recommended.

    • Camille

      Thank you very much for your response and this information. One of the problems I was concerned with was thatp of the translation and whether or not it was a good and readable one. Also, I find it, as a lady person, quite an off-putting title. Alma Schindler may or may not have been a monster but she was also once “the most beautiful girl in Vienna” and, as such, did not start out as one. A monster, I mean. It’s very easy to become one, no matter how you start out.

      Thanks, I shall give it a look at the library. Living here in New York City and going past the very places she once lived in, she is more of a presence, as she may similarly likely may be out in Los Angeles, but there I never heard mention of her, sadly.

  • LT


    • The questions that US media ask classical musicians and singers — when they appear in US media at all — are on a pretty low level compared to what they are asked in other countries. Am I being Captain Obvious in saying this?

      Yoncheva strikes me as an intelligent artist, though I disagree with her statement the other day (in the HD interview, not here) that Otello is the real victim. I can forgive that, though. She certainly sounds wonderful in the excerpted clips, and I am looking forward to the HD.

      • LT

        I can see her point. Otello is the object of Iago’s destructive hatred. Desdemona is more like collateral damage.