Wednesday, April 26, 2017


There is a meme going around on Facebook where you list singers you have seen but one of them is a lie.  This always reminds me of September, 1980, at the San Francisco Opera where I saw Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten.   The program says "Place and Time:  Legendary"  Indeed.

The Emperor (Der Kaiser) tenor James King
The Empress (Die Kaiserin) high dramatic soprano Leonie Rysanek
Barak, the Dyer (Barak, der Färber) bass-baritone Gerd Feldhoff
The Dyer's Wife (Die Färberin) high dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson

It was utterly spectacular, a peak experience.

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