Friday, March 30, 2007

After hundreds of calls by our spectators, here it is: An Hommage to Marilyn Horne

Well, first of all, did you know that Marilyn Horne had been related to Nicola Zaccaria, the great greek bass? Strange couple, huh?

Second, did you know that some 15 years ago (or was it more?) Marilyn appeared in the Odeon Of Herodes Atticus of Athens, sang "Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix" and then announced that she couldnt sing 'cause of the heat (it was August in Athens i suppose), and cause of the pollution (well, it's a 12 months a year situation in Athens) and she left the stage... I would really like to find a recording of this...heheh

For all coloratura-dark voiced spectacularly-unbelievable-mezzos-addicts, here are a couple of things with dear old Marilyn.

Gioacchino Rossini

Semiramide- Montserrat Caballé
Arsace- Marilyn Horne
Assur- James Morris
Idreno- Dalmacio Gonzalez
Azema- Candace Kahn
Oroe- Eric Halfvarson
Mitrane- Jonathan Green
Ghost of Nino- Gregory Stapp

Conducted by Richard Bonynge

San Francisco Opera
Saturday, September 26 1981

1 link only! HERE

(i would give my right hand to be in this performance...i m left handed).

AND here is what i consider to be the OLYMPUS of the Rossini interpretation:

Milano 30/4/1971
1. Semiramide: Ah! Quel giorno ognor rammento.
2. Otello: Canzone del salice e preghiera
3. La Donna del Lago: Tanti affetti
4. Tancredi: Di tanti palpiti
5. Cenerentola: Nacqui all`affanno
6. L`Italiana in Algeri: Cruda sorte
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano della RAI
Conductor: ?
Bonus: CESARE SIEPI: La calunnia e un venticello. Piano: Leo Taubmann (Salzburg 1956)


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