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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Hugues Cuenod: 105 and totally alive!

I post this because opera fans of any given age cohort inevitably go through a period when the singers who were in their primes when said fans were just starting out, start dying off at an alarming pace due simply to age.

This week the clog-popping has been simply outrageous. I blogged the other day about Beverly Sills; today comes word that we've lost Régine Crespin.

Crespin achieved greatness in two roles in Wagner's DIE WALKÜRE (Sieglinde, which she recorded for Solti, and Brünnhilde, which she recorded for Karajan), and also in two roles in Poulenc's DIALOGUES OF THE CARMELITES: Mme. Lidoine, the New Prioress (a role she "created," i.e. was the first ever to sing, and which she also recorded), and later, Mme. de Croissy, the Old Prioress, a role I saw her in at the Met (likewise Sieglinde, Tosca, others).

Régine Crespin

Having been an opera fan for a long time, my asteroid belt of operatic mortality will probably be thicker than most peoples'. (Heck, I still miss poets I knew in Florence in the 13th century!) Consequently this blog risks making opera look like a graveyard. That's why I started this post with character tenor Hugues Cuenod: not dead! Ah yes, I met him at Glyndebourne in 1973, during a rehearsal of Strauss's CAPRICCIO....

CACCIAGUIDA: Je vous connais depuis votre Hoffmann!

Monsieur CUENOD: Alors ça fait longtemps!

Live forever.