Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Russell Christopher

There's an obituary notice in today's New York Times for Russell Christopher. He did many of the character roles at the Met.  I don't have everything digitalized, but had this one delicious image from October 1976, GIANNI SCHICHI.  From left to right,  Russell Christopher as Betto,  Shirley Love as Ciesca, Italo Tajo as Simone, behind him Ron Boucher as Marco, Fedora Barbieri as Zita, above Neil Shicoff as Rinuccio, in front Charlie Anthony as Gherardo, Betsy Nordon as Nella.  This was one fun cast.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Leonie Rysanek

There's a link on www.parterre.com   to the Rysanek 25th Anniversary Concert, an audio of this event, brilliant, gorgeous. Into the files I went to find images that were already digitalized. Memory Lane time.  Totally emotional. Feelings, not furniture.  First- the Bing Gala with Vickers.
Fidelio, Vickers and Leonie, the old house.
Frau in 1978 with James King as the Kaiser
At home, August 1972
Parsifal, Act II with Vickers
Salome 1972
Elizabeth, Tannhauser, "Dich teure Halle"  new Met
Same thing, old Met
Marschallin, Rosenkavalier.

There are more images in the files, but not yet digitalized. Opera is about feelings, emotions. Here they are, total love and respect for the integrity and the glory of it all.