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“I’m a lot more sartorial than thespian”

Born on this day circa 1904 actress Constance Bennett

Born on this day in 1809 composer Federico Ricci.

Born on this day in 1811 composer Franz Liszt.

Born on this day in 1859 conductor Carl Muck.

Born on this day in 1885 tenor Giovanni Martinelli.

Born on this day in 1907 tenor Günther Treptow.

Born on this day in 1912 soprano Esther Réthy.

Happy 83rd birthday bass-baritone Donald McIntyre.

Born on this day in 1946 soprano Elizabeth Connell.

Happy 68th birthday tenor Aldo Bertolo.

  • Rowna Sutin

    On a lazy Sunday, my thoughts on Martinelli. First, when I started hearing opera singers I didn’t care for his sound. Later I thought he was king of the tenors. Still later, I wondered what I had previously liked. So much for opinions! This was fun to see. From the narrator: “He also excelled at non’operatic singing.” Yikes! The Italian song was great. Don’t you love it when a singer just lets it rip? No artifice there. I would never have guess that was him. And on another off topic note -- I went to the Met Matinee yesterday for Tales. Overall an OK performance but I really disliked the production. Grigolo is worth the price of admission. So too were Morley and Hartig. I hope the Met schedules lots of Hartig in the future. She has an alluring sound.

    • DonCarloFanatic

      I was nearby and so tempted, but not that production. It’s a stinker.

      • Lohenfal

        Of the 4 French operas the Met is doing this season, I took 3, with this one to be avoided--no fault of Offenbach.

  • Donna Annina

    Chere Camille,
    I’m still recovering from a transcendent performance of Pelleas so i will just provide a bit of a response till i can write a fuller account. Langree led a magnificent reading of the score, with exquisite attention to every detail. Beautifully sung by all but the real star(s) was the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. And James Darrah’s staging was fully engaged with the score, not at all overdone and in sync with the play. I hope you saw the link to the interview with Langree that appeared earlier this week. And no, it wasn’t full and, even sadder, there were even more empty seats after intermission.
    No matter. Their loss. It was superb.

    • Camille

      Yes, bella Donn’Anna, the link was noted, but absolutely no time here as there has been a feast this past week which kept me running and jumping to catch up with and only now can even begin to stop for Pelléas. But I am so glad to hear it turned out so well and will look forward to reviewing what Langrée had to say, since he apparently loves it so.

      At Juilliard Book Store the other day I was tempted to buy the score but may download one instead for I need it to consider all that goes on. It’s a relief to hear the staging turned out all right as you’d had fears. Will there be a recording? Or perhaps I’ll be able to hear it sometime on a Saturday broadcast.

      I’ll be looking forward to your further writing on this exquisite work. Merci bien!

  • mirywi

    Does anybody know if there will be a public memorial service anywhere for Albert Innaurato? I never knew him but he’s one of those people whose writing is so alive that I feel like I did.

  • Satisfied

    I was out of town and misssed Pappano and his Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia of Rome. Anyone go and care to comment?

  • Dan Patterson

    Ah, the Ricci aria. Sutherland sang that as an encore at the first concert I ever saw her give, in Bloomington in the mid-1960s, and as an encore at the last recital she gave in NYC, the final high note still ringing out gloriously. A wonderful singer, and I miss her!