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“You just want to kiss yourself, you sound so great”

“Are you kidding? I’m having it put in my casket. It was so exciting for me to go back and remember all the things that happened that night.” [New York Times]

  • Rosina Leckermaul

    Loved this article. I’m so glad to hear that the great Leontyne is alive and well.

  • DerLeiermann

    Ok. I was scared for a second that she might not be among us. Nice article, though.

  • grimoaldo2

    Delightful article.
    Evviva diva!

  • David Yllanes

    Very nice article. Judging from the segments that we were shown at the 50th Anniversary Gala, the documentary should be very interesting.

  • Camille

    Here’s a kiss from the entire rest of humanity (excepting some few crabpatches) to you, Miss Price, inimitable and irreplaceable.

    It’s really nice to see her get this one last bit of her own glory reflected back to her and to once more note her always present joy. It’s especially so as succeeding generation(s) will have some idea of her importance in the history of opera.

    • Luvtennis

      Camille

      One day we have to discuss the Met archives…. The contemporary reviews are quite intriguing and thought provoking!!! Consider the reviews for Milanov and Tebaldi vs those for Nilsson Price and Sutherland. Or the fact that so many of Ponselle’s Aidas were performed outside of Manhattan. Or the tepid response to Rethberg!!! And the Callas reviews!!!! Eye-opening.

  • Dan Patterson

    I was maybe 13, no exposure to opera and only a little curious about it. One day on the classical radio station, I heard the most beautiful noise I’d ever heard a human throat make. I had no idea what I was hearing, but I was bewitched The announcer gave the name as Leontyne Price and she changed my life forever. I scraped my meager allowance together and joined the RCA Victor Record Club. The first things I bought were her recordings of AIDA, TOSCA, and BUTTERFLY. Now I’m 70, having been to hundreds of opera performances and amassed thousands of records and CDs. And it’s all Leontyne’s fault. My first Diva love, though many others have followed. God bless her!

  • Luvtennis

    Despite the marvels of her operatic career, I think the performance that moves me the most is her first performance of the Hermit Songs with Barber at the piano. “Pangur, white pangur…how happy we are….”

    Bless you, Dearest Leontyne! A light to your country and the whole world! (Thanks for expressing it so well, Madame Rise!)

  • MisterSnow

    Price’s performance of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville (as discussed in the article) is one of the supreme achievements. A perfect match of artists and composer -- and her clear Southen speech adds the extra something.
    https://youtu.be/sJjXadvkohk

  • KarenMrsLloydRichards

    There also seems to have been a wardrobe malfunction, in addition to a pyramid malfunction.