Monday, July 16, 2018

John Lankston, RIP

Sadly John Lankston, a stalwart of the New York City Opera has died. Evil, comic, eerie, loving...  he did everything and always was a delight on stage. It takes hours to locate pictures, scan, then tweek. Here are a few memories from live New York City Opera performances. ABDUCTION, Pedrillo in 1970.
The title role in ASHMEDAI 1976
From ALBERT HERRING 1971, Sandra Darling as Miss Wordsworth, John as Mr. Upfold and Ellen Faull as Lady Billows
John as Koko in the Mikado, the profile is Richard Wentworth 1968
Narraboth in SALOME 1975
Quint in TURN OF THE SCREW  1975
Officer Olin in SILVERLAKE  1980
For sentimental reasons TRAVIATA 1969, John as Gaston with Michele Molese as Alfredo.
Dear John, R.I.P.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Dmitri Hvorostovsky RIP

It's with a heavy heart that I post these few images of Dmitri Hvorostovsky who lost his battle to brain cancer. He was a gem, a treasure. Whatever he did he made you smile.  I can't post everything, too many images. These are just a few favorite moments. First Renato in BALLO 2007.
Simon Boccanegra in 2011
Two images from DON CARLO, 2006, first alone as Rodrigo and then with Johan Botha as Don Carlo. Both men died too young.
As Don Carlo in ERNANI  2012
Valentin in FAUST 2005
Two images from ONEGIN  2007, title role
Yeletsky in QUEEN OF SPADES 1995
Germont in TRAVIATA 2004
Count di Luna in TROVATORE 2009
WAR AND PEACE, Andrey, 2002 start of opera and then with Anna Netrebko as Natasha
Candid moments, the rehearsal for the Volpe Gala in 2006
Trovatore curtain call, 2009
MOG Interview 2012

A performer makes the pictures. It was always a joy when Dmitri was on stage. Great artist. Fabulous human being. To his family and his many friends my heartfelt condolences.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Philip Creech, RIP

Word has come that Philip Creech passed away in February. He was a vibrant member of the Met. Here are a few memories. First ARIADNE Sept. 1997, the Opera,... if I remember correctly, Natalie Dessay as Zerbinetta, Mark Oswald, Eric Halfvarson, Philip as Scaramuccio, Gregory Turay and Deborah Voigt as Ariadne.
as Pedrillo in ENTFUEHRUNG in 1984
The same in 1982 with Marti Talvella as Osmin
More Pedrillo, 1984
MANON LESCAUT,  1981, Edmondo
The Singer in TABARRO 1994
Pong in TURANDOT 1995
                                                  The Scientist in THE VOYAGE  1996
I am sorry to hear of Phillip's passing. Heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gedda, Part two of tribute

Another group of emotional images. DON PASQUALE, Dec. 1978, Gabriel Bacquier as Pasquale, Gedda as Ernesto
Ernesto with Norina, Beverly Sills, also Dec. 1978
FAUST, Dec. 1972, title role
FAUST, final scene with Colette Boky as Marguerite
VESPRI, Jan. 1974, Caballe as Helene and Gedda as Henri
TRAVIATA  Oct. 1983, Gedda as Alfredo, Kiri TeKanawa as Violetta
PIQUE DAME Dec. 1972, Gedda as Gherman and Regina Resnik as the Countess
These are the earliest images in my Library, actual performance Oct. 17, 1963, shot with a little Petri camera, a split frame camera so that each picture was 1/2 of the frame, no way to know what was being captured. The real point and shoot, no help from camera. I have no idea why I've kept these films, lots of lint and scratches, but emotionally they rate. Anna Moffo was Manon. Gedda as DesGrieux. The Count DesGrieux was Giorgio Tozzi. Lescaut was Frank Guarrera. Each of the two strips are really two separate images, but this was the only way they could be scanned.
Dec. 10, 1972, a famous Swedish restaurant. I don't remember who said I should do this. I've scanned the wide shot to show smoking permitted in restaurant.  I think this is Nicolai with his wife.
All the images are meant as an emotional gift for all the Gedda fans.
RIP, sweet man.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nicolai Gedda RIP

Into the files again with a heavy heart. Another elegant singer has died, wonderful Nicolai Gedda, always a joy to hear and watch. It's not possible to scan everything. I haven't included Traviata or Pique Dame or the tenor in Rosenkavalier. Here are a few memories,  samples of the fun and joy when Gedda was on stage.  First Belmonte in ENTFUHRUNG, Oct. 1979.
 Riccardo in BALLO IN MASCHERA Oct. 1975
BARTERED BRIDE Oct. 1978, Teresa Stratas as Marenka and Gedda as Jenik
Fun time, CARMEN Dec. 1967, Grace Bumbry as Carmen and Gedda as Jose
Faust Dec. 1972
The last scene  FAUST with Colette Boky as Marguerite
From Oct. 1965, the old Met,  Robert Merrill as Valentine, Gedda as Faust, Cesare Siepi as Mephistophele. I heard every performance
Gedda as Ottavio, DON GIOVANNI Sept. 1972
Lensky in EUGENE ONEGIN Oct. 1977
Fun time, DON PASQUALE Dec. 1978,  Gedda as Ernesto with Gabriel Bacquier as Don Pasquale
And PASQUALE again, Gedda and Beverly Sills as Norina
                Finally VESPRI, Jan. 1974,  Caballe as Helene and Gedda as Henri
        I'm eternally grateful for having heard all this wonderful singing. RIP sweet Nicolai.