Friday, October 2, 2015

Robert Cahen. RIP

Robert Cahen photographed predominantly for the San Francisco Opera, for decades. He adored opera, respected the performers and that showed in his photo studies. He photographed the great of the greats... Callas, DeStefano, Nilsson, Horne, Thomas, Schwarzkopf, Sutherland, Rysanek... to mention a few. He befriended the singers who recognized both his enthusiasm and seriousness.  Sadly, Bob passed away this week after being in failing health. We e-mailed up until the end. He always wanted to know what was going on. He was thrilled that Hvorostovsky is here for DeLuna sounding brilliant.  Bob was a fun guy, a total opera person. I'll miss the schmoozing.
 RIP Bob.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Mario Sereni RIP

Mario Sereni passed away this month. Into the files.... time to scan some images. First, BOHEME Oct. 1972 with Fernando Corena as Alcindoro and Colette Boky as Musetta. Unidentified super on left.
Also BOHEME  Oct. 23, 1965, actual performance with Jerome Hines (face hidden) as Colline, Clifford Harvout as Schaunard, kneeling Andrea Velis as Alcindoro, Beverly Bower partially hidden as Musetta,  Gabriella Tucci as Mimi, Gianni Raimondi as Rodolfo and Sereni as Marcello
MADAME BUTTERFLY January 1979, Sereni as Sharpless with Renata Scotto as Cio Cio San
L'ELISIR D'AMORE April 1980 with Gail Robinson as Adina, Loretta DiFranco as Giannetta and  Sereni as Belcore
FALSTAFF Nov. 11, 1964, actual performance, Sir Geraint Evans as Falstaff and Sereni as Ford
Sereni as Barnaba, GIOCONDA Nov. 1979
MANON LESCAUT, Dec. 1973  Gilda Cruz Romo as Manon, Sereni as Lescaut and Carlos Montane as Des Grieux

It's fun going into the files, seeing different photo technique, seeing wonderful singers of the past.
Mario Sereni,   thank you!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Jon Vickers RIP

After a long battle with Altzheimer's beloved Jon Vickers has gone to his peace. He was one of my inspirational idols, always true to the art form, always the character he was portraying, thrilling, brilliant, and behind the theatrical intensity a gentle human being. He is now of the world, forever.  First as Florestan with Leonore, the great Birgit Nilsson, FIDELIO 1966, the old Met.
Peter Grimes, 1977
Otello, 1974
                                                                     Parsifal, 1985
Yes, there are lots more pictures, but no time right now to scan everything...... perhaps for a future posting.   RIP, dear Jon.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Don Yule, RIP

Sadly, Don Yule died last week. During his long career with New York City Opera he did a huge assortment of character roles. These are a sampling, all performance images. First The Police Commissioner in BARBER OF SEVILLE with Enrico DiGiuseppe as the Count, 1968.
BELLE HELENE, 1976 as Euthycles with Richard McKee
Alcindoro in BOHEME 1978 with Sharon Daniels as Musetta
Couldn't resist including this, BUTTERFLY 1967, first act wedding scene, Don as the Commissioner with Nico Castel as Goro. The person in the white sailor suit on the right is Placido Domingo as Pinkerton
The CONSUL, 1974, Don as Mr. Kosner, Sandra Walker as the secretary
Didn't remember taking this FANCIULLA 1977, Don as Bill with Kathleen Hegierski as Wowkle
FIGARO, 1976, Don as Antonio
FIGARO 1968, Don as Dr. Bartolo
MEISTERSINGER, 1975 the Night Watchman
NINE RIVERS FROM JORDAN by Hugo Weisgall 1968, Don as the Leader of the Bedoins
PELLEAS ET MELISANDE, 1970, Don a the Doctor, Patricia Brooks as the dying Melisande
Same as above, but add Malcolm Smith in halo of light as Arkel and Goulaud with back to audience, Louis Quilico
GIANNI SCHICHI  1969, Don as Betto
TOSCA 1968, Don as the Sacristan
All images posted with thanks for great memories, RIP Don.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Guenther Schneider-Siemssen

Schneider-Siemssen was a Master of design. See sets, hear the music in your memory.  RUSALKA, Act 1
PARSIFAL,  Act 3 and then Act 2
RHEINGOLD, end of opera
                                                    GOTTERDAMMERUNG, Act II
I don't know where to find the umlauts, sorry.

Friday, May 22, 2015

New York City Opera Reunion- Post 6, final post

Nimet Habachy with Sara Keene
Maggie Goodman, Nimet Habachy, Sara Keene
Judith Fredericks speaking
Diane Kehrig and Nimet Habachy
Cadace Itow and Louise Perry... we have to do this every reunion
Anthea DeForest
Diane Kehrig, Jim Biddle in background
Cori Ellison spoke eloquently about the meaning of the New York City Opera
Carol Bergey Skarimbas
Robert Brubaker expressed thanks
Catherine Malfitano spoke about New York City Opera as a family.
Allen McGill and camera. Didn't want to miss this. Behind Allen is Lila, but on the right are Sandra Darling, sorry I didn't get a close-up, and Carol Bergey Skarimbas.
Dominic Cossa and Joseph Riscigno
William Ledbetter and Jim Biddlecome... electronic toys. It was fun to watch, First there was all this hugging and talking and eating and more eating, but eventually the cell phones and iPads came out. Toy time.                                                        

That's it. No more pictures.. or rather, there are others, but I have no idea who I photographed. Time for bed.