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.

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