Cher Public

“Searching, almost harrowing”

Born on this day in 1938 mezzo-soprano Tatiana Troyanos

Born on this day in 1801 composer and singing teacher Giuseppe Concone.

Born on this day in 1890 composer Guido Guerrini.

Happy 72nd birthday conductor John Mauceri.

Happy 69th birthday tenor Luis Lima.

  • Camille

    I heard Luis Lima only once, singing Riccardo/Gustavo in Ballo, and partnered with an equally young, gifted and beautiful Leona Mitchell. They were both terrific, especially in that fantastical second act duet, and thus I’ll always remember them.

  • Daniel Swick

    https://youtu.be/2eri6GXt3-g
    Has anyone sung this more beautifully? Really finding the slinky eroticism of the Moorish flourishes? And doesn’t Betsy Norden look like an idiot?

    • I had seen TT’s “O don fatale” from this broadcast but never her Veil Song. This is as good a live performance of the aria as I’ve ever heard. Thank you for sharing.

    • steveac10

      Poor maligned Betsy -- she was just doing what she was told -- for 500+ performances. And no other soprano in recent Met history has been as successful (and audible) playing teens on that stage. First she was TINY. Secondly she had a childlike, fairly straight toned voice that somehow managed to penetrate into the depths of the house (and the barn I first heard her in -- Northrup Auditorium on Minneapolis on tour). By far the best Dew Fairy in Hansel I have ever heard live. A wonderful Xenia, and the vocal & dramatic purity of her Constance in Carmelites left me in a puddle more than once.

      But back to Tatiana -- her Solti Carmen grabbed my attention. Her late 70’s Met Strauss work cemented my love and that early 80’s Eboli closed the deal. By far my favorite mezzo of the era.

      • Daniel Swick

        And of course I kid, sorta. She was an important and loyal comprimaria with a lovely sound (not all that common). She had a fine career. She just cracks me up in this scene.

  • Nelly della Vittoria

    That clip from the masterclasses always makes me laugh and cringe at once — pity the Juilliard student who had to tell Callas, “Sorry, my voice teacher said not to do the homework you set.” If that’s what he says, I mean; I’m just guessing from the mumbles.