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Born on this day in 1876 dancer and spy Margaretha Geertruida ‘Margreet’ Zelle MacLeod aka Mata Hari

Born on this day in 1903 soprano Maria Reining.

Born on this day in 1919 bass-baritone Kim Borg.

Happy 71st birthday soprano Helena Doese.

  • MissShelved

    Check out the song about Mata Hari from “Little Mary Sunshine”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MunFwg8qrL0

  • manou
    • Satisfied

      Hey Manou: Link for Times review works (ouch, Woolfe!) but not the other, what is the source of the review?

    • Leontiny

      Thanks. Based on La C’s upload of her rehearsal excerpt I’ll make up my own mind. The production may be poo poo, but her singing is another matter.

  • Peter
    • WindyCityOperaman
    • Donna Annina

      An extraordinary artist. WCO played one of my favorite Cook interpretations. Ave atque vale, diva.

    • Dame Kenneth

      Just saw this in the Times. Perhaps my favorite singer, overall, in any genre. Every time I’d written her career off, she’d come back stronger and move moving than before She was the most honest, deepest, singer, often moving me to tears. I loved her.

    • Camille

      Ooooooo- I am sorry to hear this but happy to reflect that she lived to a ripe old age, and so grateful to have heard her those three times I was able to catch her. Most favorite was the Santa Barbara 2008 joint concert with Marilyn Horne. She still had it all together then, and still stole the show from the stoicly resigned General Horne. What a wonderful talent which shed so much light on others.

      Ave atque vale to Cunegonde in excelsis.

      • Leontiny

        Yes!! I tried not to stare but couldn’t help myself. It made my heart ache to think she loved this work as so many of us in the theatre did.

        • Camille

          O Leontiny, were you referring to those Parsifals and were you there? They meant a great deal to me then and still do. I was kind of surprised to see Ms Cook there so many times but I guess she loved it.

          • Leontiny

            Yes. One of my favourite operas, and I’ve been lucky enough to have seen most MET casts since the late 70’s. The celebrity sightings were always a delight. Ms Cook was a particular delight because I did not expect her to attend this repertoire. My awe moment came in the 70’s when a cute usher came up to me in standing room and said why don’t you take seat blah blah blah, you’ll be sitting next to Miss Jeritza. Dumb with awe I still managed a polite discourse.

  • Bill Viola’s Tristan videos. Gorblimey…

    (Sorry, this was supposed to be a reply to Manou’s NYT review of Aida)

    • Leontiny

      I loved them. And Heppner in beautiful voice in his last Tristan.