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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Roberta Peters, on stage

My Peters archive  is not enormous. Here are a few special memories. First BALLO IN MASCHERA, Oct. 1975, Act I with Nicolai Gedda as Riccardo, Peters as Oscar, then the final act, the death scene, add Teresa Kubiak as Amelia.
DON GIOVANNI, Sherill Milnes, Peters as Zerlina, "La ci darem la Mano"  Sept. 1974
DON PASQUALE, Feb. 1980, Peters as Norina
L'ELISIR D'AMORE, Act I, Peters as Adina, Sept. 1973
Finally FIDELIO, Act I Dec. 1983,  Matti Salminen as Rocco, Peters as Marcellina, Eva Marton as Leonore.
Wonderful memories.

Roberta Peters, RIP

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to Roberta Peters. It will take a few days to scan stage shots. In the meantime a few more recent candid images can be shared. First, after the Levine Tribute Sept. 15, 2009 with Levine and her husband, Bert Fields.
At an MOG talk with family portrait projected behind dais, Nov. 10, 2011
After MOG talk signing libretto for the famous Marian Anderson BALLO is which she was Oscar, with fan and Paul Gruber, MOG Host
At Stratas Tribute  Sept. 15, 2008 with Roz Elias and Nora London
                                         With Stratas at reception. This was also a love fest.
Stage images will be scanned soon.
Dear Roberta Peters, RIP.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

John DelCarlo

Some deaths really hit you in the guts. This one does that. Great performer, sweet person, JOHN DEL CARLO has passed away.   These are just a few images from his varied performances, always a delight. First the Prince in ADRIANNA 2009.
Dr. Bartolo in BARBER 2006 and 2012
Benoit in BOHEME 2015
Dr. Bartolo in FIGARO 2003
Swallow in PETER GRIMES 2008
Fritz Kothner in MEISTERSINGER 2007
                                      Finally Don Pasquale in opera of same name, 2010
                                     RIP John, and thanks for so much musical pleasure.