• I love opera, bluegrass, burger joints and fictional detectives. Mostly, but not always, in that order. Formerly of Dunedin, formerly of Sydney, now travelling the world with the tenor in my life (Stuart Skelton) and blogging as I go.
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Friday, August 04, 2006


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Dear, I would stop reading you if you said anything bad about my darling Elisabeth. Hoch soll sie leben indeed.


Hi there down under,

What a (belated) birthday tribute! I, too, am a big fan of the Dame. For me, it was love at first hearing, and that was her as Donna Elvira.... though her Marschallin remains magical, something unsurpassed. For me, the moment in Rosenkavalier is when she sings "ob ich in den Prater fahr'" and floats the following note. Divine.

Regarding her birthday, I wrote EMI Classics a mail sometime last year whether they would issue something to commemorate this event. Perhaps you have her Song Book issued on her 85th. EMI said yes, but up until now, I can only hope for Testament to delve into their archives and issue something.

Alles Gute zum Neunzigsten, Frau Kammersängerin!


Speaking of Die Fledermaus, what would you say if I told you that's what I'm attending tomorrow night at Seattle Opera? Wait, before you answer, what if I told you Rosalinde is to be sung by Jane Eaglen?


Worse than feared, ok, I've had enough Jane Eaglen to last 2 lifetimes. They did do something interesting in the middle of the ball scene: the head of Seattle Opera came out and announced that in memory of Birgit Nilsson, Eaglen would perform Isolde's liebstod. The orchestra sounded great. I don't care that she can strip paint at 50 paces, there's something wrong with her voice.


My response to your original question was going to be - eek.
Seems about right, and then some!

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