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On this date Donizetti‘s La fille du régiment premiered in Paris (1840),

Verdi’I Lombardi premiered in Milan (1843)

On at the present time in 1966 soprano Pilar Lorengar made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Donna Elvira

Evaluate of John Gruen within the New York Herald Tribune

Pilar Lorengar, the Spanish soprano, made her Metropolitan opera debut final night singing the function of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni.”

…Miss Lorengar is not any stranger to the operatic stage. She has sung within the main opera homes overseas and made her American operatic debut final season singing the function of Liu in Puccini’s “Turandot” with the San Francisco Opera. Final night Miss Lorengar made clear why she has garnered a steadily rising fame, and why Spanish sopranos are, as of late, stealing a great deal of the thunder from their higher recognized Italian counterparts. It’s a query of vocal high quality. De los Angeles, Berganza, and Caballe have every distinguished themselves by way of a pure and liquid sound that’s as uniquely female as it’s dramatically convincing. They appear to contain their complete bodily and psychological make-up to convey a job to life, and Pilar Lorengar does no much less.

Her Donna Elvira was all woman-anguished, revengeful and passionate. Being lovely and transferring with extraordinary grace, Miss Lorengar lent to the function and extra sense of vulnerability, which gave her interpretation additional believability. As for the voice, that fiendish first-act aria being what it’s, the soprano dealt with it with as a lot management as a debut night time would permit. Finally, complete management and composure have been hers and a velvet-smooth instrument was permitted to create its magic.

That magic was sustained all through the efficiency and one can solely submit that Pilar Lorengar is yet one more shimmering operatic star on the ascendance.

Birthday anniversaries of tenor August Seider (1901),
baritone Robert Weede (1903),
and tenor Michel Sénéchal (1927)

Comfortable 79th birthday baritone Lenus Carlson
Comfortable 78th birthday soprano Magdalena Falewicz
Comfortable 73rd birthday bass-baritone Jean-Philippe Lafont
Comfortable 67th birthday soprano Gabriele Fontana

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