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    Default The "Happy Birthday Opera Artist" thread

    [Moderator's note: This thread is the result of the merger of similar Happy Birthday threads to celebrate opera artists, and the merger was done with the approval of the original poster BalloinMaschera, as a housekeeping move to decrease the number of threads on the front page]

    Happy Birthday Ghena Dimitrova!

    ...the late powerhouse soprano would have been 70 today.

    She will always be remembered as being among the most engaging Abigaille, Gioconda, Lady Macbeth, and Amneris of the 1970/80's. Many consider her Turandot to be unmatched (even by Nilsson!).

    I wonder what her Ortrud would have been like, had she ever essayed the role...

    http://www.ghenadimitrova.com/
    Last edited by Almaviva; May-17-2011 at 17:58.

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    I feel as tho I really missed out on some great stuff. Thanx much for the heads-up post.
    always shoot from the hip....

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    Default Happy Birthday Richard Lewis

    the late Welsh Tenor would have been 97 today.

    He is perhaps best known for his rendition of Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde", which he recorded 4 (!) times.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Lewis_(tenor)

    http://www.richardlewis-tenor.co.uk/

    He is immortalized at the Royal Academy of Music, where there is a rehearsal room, named after him.

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    He's always been one of my favorites. I have two versions of Glyndebourne's 1960s production of "Idomeneo" with him in the title role, as well as a couple recordings of "Messiah" and one of Beethoven's Missa Solemnis with him as tenor soloist. A lovely, warm lyric voice.

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    Default Birthday- JM!

    Happy birthday Jules Massenet... b. 1842

    he has given us a few of the most quintessentially French operas of the standard repertoire!

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    Manon - bliiisss.
    Natalie

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    and to celebrate, something a bit different which I was delighted to find as an 'extra' on a recent purchase




    the recent purchase being another version of Don Quichotte

    Ann

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    Default Happy Birthday Ferrucio

    Ferrucio Furlanetto; born today, 1949

    http://www.ferrucciofurlanetto.com/

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    Oh, I love Ferrucio! Happy birthday, maestro!
    I discovered and loved him with his amazing Don Basilio in the Glyndebourne production (with Maria Ewing, John Rawnsley).

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    Best king ever in Verdi Don Carlo.......especially the Karajan version of 1980s

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post



    Best king ever in Verdi Don Carlo.......especially the Karajan version of 1980s
    Happy Birthday Ferrucio! Good in the Keenlyside/Villazón Don Carlo as well.
    Ann

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    One of the best Filippo and Leporello ever. I always want to hug his Filippo. <3

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    Default Happy Birthday La Nillson!!

    Birgit would have been 93, today!

    Was she the greatest Wagnerian Soprano? She must rank up there, with Flagstad.

    Her Turandot, is of course still regarded as peerless, by many.

    One of the many ways that her legacy lives on is via the BN prize

    http://www.birgitnilssonprize.org/

    (Incidentally, she shares her birthdate with the wonderful Gabriel Bacquier)

    PS: yes- I realize that I mistyped her name in the thread title- apologies!!

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    Default Happy Birthday CR!!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cavalleria_rusticana

    Cavalleria - the one act bon-bon about love (and revenge), that has no love duet...performed for the first time, today (1890)

    what is your favorite recording of the opera? or Cav memory from inside an opera house? do you prefer a mezzo or soprano Santuzza? Do you want your Turridu to be full of histrionic sobs? or not?

    do tell!!

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    May 18
    today is the birthday of two great operatic basses

    Ezio Pinza (1892)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezio_Pinza

    He was a stalwart, during what many now call the golden age of opera

    also on this day... Boris Chrisoff (1914)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Christoff

    His instantly recognizable quality, made him a memorable King Philip and Boris.

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