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Valerie HarperHappy 77th birthday actress Valerie Harper

Born on this day in 1862 composer Claude Debussy.

Born on this day in 1922 bass Raffaele Arie.

Born on this day in 1928 composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Happy 77th birthday bass-baritone Robert Hale.

  • zinka

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqclJDVTZOI

    Who deserves it more????????????????

  • spiderman

    Anne Schwanewilms announces Eva for next years Meistersinger in Bayreuth.

    • spiderman

      (On her website)

      • PCally

        Do women often sing the role when they’re 50? I’m suprised she waited so long since it seems like an obvious role vocally, though I’m having a hard time picturing her as a young girl. At least it’s a new role, her repertoire has been shrinking.

        • Cocky Kurwenal

          I may be wrong, but I can’t imagine anyone really singles out Eva as a role they’d love to do when they’re a successful young soprano, so it might just be a question of it not having been prioritised among plenty of offers of more enticing work, until now.

          • PCally

            Cocky, I’d always thought Eva was a role young singers tried out before deciding to movie into things like Elsa and Elisabeth.

            • Cocky Kurwenal

              Yes, I agree, but I see that more as the path of somebody expecting to end up at Brunnhilde and Isolde in the fullness of time and who struggles to find suitable roles when young (it’s probably what Melton should be doing). Schwanewilms to me, not being a Hochdramatische could trade as more of a straight forward lyric so there was a lot else she could do -- Mozart, Strauss, Desdemona, etc.

        • Bill

          Schwanewilms has this creamy sound (think Leminitz,
          Janowitz) which for example as Evchen, emits a pure
          and lovely launching of the third act Quintet and
          also clear diction which is so important in Meistersinger. While hardly in the first bud of youth
          Schanewilms is slender and moves well -- I think the purity of her somewhat instrumental voice will be advantageous in the role. Many singers of fame sang the role into middle age including Reining and Lotte Lehmann, Rethberg -- and many of the best exponents after the war kept Eva in their repertoires for a duration of years,
          della Casa, Seefried, Gueden, Gruemmer, Schwarzkopf (not so long perhaps), Jurinac, Watson then Janowitz, Mattila, Popp began singing Eva later in her career, Donath, Isokoski who was also not so young, Harteros etc. The singers who drop the role early are usually the ones whose voices become more dramatic and move into Bruennhilde territory and among those were Gwyneth Jones, Eva Marton, Varnay and even Flagstad (her second Wagner role after Elsa -- and she wanted to sing it at the Met but the management reportedly thought the role was too small for her when she asked for it at the Met).

          With her bright sound I think Stoyanova would also be
          vocally fine as Eva. The role does not require a great deal of stage movement but a radiant sound and clarity of diction are absolutely essential and those are strengths which Schwanewilms has in abundance at least in the few times I have seen her as the Marschallin, Arabella and Kaiserin.

          • PCally

            Bill- Schwanewilms will be 50 by the time she sings the role. Every woman you mentioned (not just jones, Marton, and varnay) had dropped the role long before then, most before they were forty and most moved into heavier things. Schwanewilms interestingly seems to be doing the opposite and I think all the women mentioned had either bigger voices or more heft to their sound as well as more flexibility. I think Schwanwilms has a lovely voice and I like her a lot but it does seem to me that she is over parted in almost all of her roles and roles like Chrysothemis requires a soaring top which she doesn’t seem to have, at least these days (she’s cancelled scheduled performances in that role, doesn’t seem to have any plan on returning to the Empress, and seems to have dropped Fidelio entirely). She seems to have started with extremely heavy roles and gone backwards (I first saw her as Senta).

            • Bill

              Many of the great Central European conductors have conducted Meistersinger over the years (plus Toscanini
              etc.) and they are often more in position to choose their casts. For example Boehm was rather picky for the most part as to whom sang what role, Karajan as well.
              I do not recall who is conducting the Meistersinger in 2017 at Bayreuth (is it Thielemann ?) and certainly
              he would have the option to select or at least approve
              any singer in a main role such as Eva. It is true that
              many of the lyric sopranos have sung their last Evas by the time they were 50 but della Casa last sang it in 1972 when she was 53 and only a year before her retirement. Popp started Eva late but sang it in 1990 when she was 51. Seefried regularly for 21 years until she was 45 and probably Helen Donath could have sung it when she was 60 as she was still doing Eva at 50 in Vienna and seems not to have lost her fresh voice at even a later age. Still many lyric sopranos after 50 or so pare down their repertoire to a limited number of comfortable roles. Still Schwanewilms whose voice (and roles) has shrunk somewhat probably will sing a luminous Evchen. As the Kaiserin for example she seemed to be at the edge of her vocal ability and you are correct she has cancelled recently scheduled Fidelios, Chrysothemis’s in Vienna but many months in advance indicating that it was not due to illness but reluctance to continue singing those roles. Schanewilms has nothing scheduled for Vienna 2016-17 season where she normally appeared each season but that was not her main house which may have been Dresden. Reading interviews that she has made in the past years she seems to be a singer of considerable musical intelligence with a deep understanding of the roles she undertakes.

            • PCally

              I always forget that Donath sang it that late because I forget that she recorded it long before she sang it onstage. Popp of course started in very light roles so she grew into Eva. Roschmann is somewhat similar though the role was less than ideal. I was thinking of slightly larger voiced women so my statement about age was not completely accurate I should have done research first.

              I hope schwanewilms has success with the role since she’s a very interesting prescence (that first Senta was very spooky) onstage and the voice is a really special sound. She’s easily the finest marschallin today and one of my all time favorites.

  • spiderman

    I guess it has something to do with the concept, as Stoyanova was the originally announced Eva. Also no spring chicken either.
    Maybe Schwanewilms never got an offer for Eva. In her early career she was singing much heavier roles, later hardly any Wagner and lets not forget that she is really tall -- not typical for EvCHEN either.