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    How many similar names can you think of? Examples below:

    Francesco Albanese and Licia Albanese
    Maria Galvany and Marisa Galvany
    Margaret Price and Leontyne Price
    Lilli Lehmann and Lotte Lehmann
    Battistini and Bastianini
    Pons and Ponselle
    De Lucia and De Luca
    Scacciati and Stracciari

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    When I was just learning about different opera singers , a few names sounded very much alike to me even though the voices were so different e.g. Tagliabue and Tagliavini, Taddei and Tozzi, Bonci/Borgioli/Bergonzi as well as Smirnov and Sobimov.

    I think Alan Blyth mentioned the Italian sopranos whose names might be mixed up e.g. Sciutti + Scotto + Moffo (Millo could be there as well)

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    Margherita Carosio and Enrico Caruso.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    I often do a double take when I see the names of Francesco Meli (a tenor singing today) and the incomparable tenor Francesco MeRli. Both Tenors and only one letter different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidglasgow View Post
    When I was just learning about different opera singers , a few names sounded very much alike to me even though the voices were so different e.g. Tagliabue and Tagliavini, Taddei and Tozzi, Bonci/Borgioli/Bergonzi as well as Smirnov and Sobimov.

    I think Alan Blyth mentioned the Italian sopranos whose names might be mixed up e.g. Sciutti + Scotto + Moffo (Millo could be there as well)
    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Margherita Carosio and Enrico Caruso.
    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I often do a double take when I see the names of Francesco Meli (a tenor singing today) and the incomparable tenor Francesco MeRli. Both Tenors and only one letter different.

    N.


    How could I forget these?? Great entries!
    Last edited by Tuoksu; Jun-27-2018 at 22:02.

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    Has anyone ever noticed how a number of the names in the "American baritone line" are almost comically similar? I mean, there's...

    Mack Harrell
    Robert Merrill
    Cornell MacNeil
    Sherrill Milnes

    A lot of double "l"'s and rhyming in there! Moreover, even Lawrence Tibbett, Leonard Warren and Quinn Kelsey all have double letters in their names.

    Incidentally, Robert Merrill made his stage name by, basically, switching around the letters in his real last name, "Miller" (which was in turn derived from "Milstein"; his real first name was "Moishe"), and Leonard Warren's real last name was "Warenoff." Sherrill Milnes' first name is actually the last name of an Episcopal bishop his father admired: Reverend Henry Knox Sherrill.
    Last edited by Bellinilover; Jun-28-2018 at 13:44.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidglasgow View Post
    When I was just learning about different opera singers , a few names sounded very much alike to me even though the voices were so different e.g. Tagliabue and Tagliavini, Taddei and Tozzi, Bonci/Borgioli/Bergonzi as well as Smirnov and Sobimov.

    I think Alan Blyth mentioned the Italian sopranos whose names might be mixed up e.g. Sciutti + Scotto + Moffo (Millo could be there as well)
    J.B. Steane mentioned that second point, too (he may have been quoting Alan Blyth).

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    Richard Tucker and Richard Tauber
    Leontyne Price and Leona Mitchell
    June Anderson and Joan Sutherland
    Last edited by Bellinilover; Jun-28-2018 at 05:02.

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    Worse is when an opera singer can be confused by name with a pop singer"

    Ann Murray (Irish mezzo opera singer born in 1949)

    Anne Murray (Canadian pop and country singer born in 1945)
    Last edited by Fritz Kobus; Jun-28-2018 at 13:02.
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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