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The Road to Istanbul BRIAN KELLOW attends the Yapi Kredi International Leyla Gencer Voice Competition OPERA NEWS, March 16, 1996 The Road to Istanbul At the
Turkish Diva BRIAN KELLOW talks with Leyla Gencer OPERA NEWS, March 16, 1996 Turkish Diva Leyla Gencer discusses her career with Brian Kellow OPERA NEWS
Obituaries Peerless diva Leyla Gencer dies at seventy-nine; soprano Carla Gavazzi;
critic Wilfrid Mellers; Opera Quarterly founder Irene Sloan Gencer in ...
Pirate Queen IRA SIFF is one of the thousands of fans who cherish the recorded
performances of Leyla Gencer. Leyla Gencer's legacy ...
... This honor fell to Leyla Gencer, the twentieth century's most ardent champion,
among singers, of the operas of Donizetti. Gencer ...
... Features. The Road to Istanbul Subscribers Only. BRIAN KELLOW attends the
Yapi Kredi International Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. ...
... I conducted Attila for the first time in Florence in the early '70s [1972], with
[Nicolai] Ghiaurov as Attila and, as Odabella, Leyla Gencer. ...
VIENNA Jerusalem Wiener Staatsoper 4/16/04 M emories of busloads of Met standees trekking to Newark in 1971 to hear Leyla Gencer in Attila were conjured ...
... standing stock still in my living room, riveted into place by the final scene of
Maria Stuarda, as sung by the "Queen of the Pirates," soprano Leyla Gencer. ...
... ON: Brian Kellow of opera news saw you in 1995 in Turkey, in the Yapi Kredi
International Leyla Gencer Voice Competition. MA: I can't believe he was there! ...
... opera news Leyla Gencer and Cornell MacNeil were the Macbeths in Florence in 1969.
Leyla Gencer and Cornell MacNeil were the Macbeths in Florence in 1969. ...
... Onstage, a good example would be the incomparable Leyla Gencer, who endured as an
important, influential singer despite lack of enthusiasm from recording ...
... November 28, 1961, this performance (previously available on Myto and now reissued)
features two big-name stars in the leading roles — Leyla Gencer and Carol ...
... November 28, 1961, this performance (previously available on Myto and now reissued)
features two big-name stars in the leading roles — Leyla Gencer and Carol ...
... Richard Lewis's mild-mannered Ottavio, singing sweetly in all-too-English
Italian, is no match for Leyla Gencer's awe-inspiring Anna. ...
... As the Almavivas, Gabriel Bacquier and Leyla Gencer keep their full power in reserve,
invariably shading their lines with the utmost sensitivity and ...
... Hearing Zucker relate the claims of her colleagues who supposedly eschewed chest,
the piercingly intelligent, no-nonsense Turkish diva Leyla Gencer looks at ...
... Leyla Gencer's First Chorister is the voice (shiny and powerful) first heard; her
soaring commentary returns frequently, sometimes accompanied by the less ...
... It is Puccini who remains a man of the people. F. PAUL DRISCOLL. As we were finishing production on this issue, we learned of the death of soprano Leyla Gencer. ...
... impact was evident both at the triumphant 1836 premiere at La Fenice in Venice and
in the first modern revival (with Giuseppe Taddei and Leyla Gencer) in the ...
... Leyla Gencer, tottering atop platform shoes (but a majestic presence nonetheless),
is more lirico than spinto, pushing her glottal, dark, backwardly placed ...
... edgy at the top. Leyla Gencer displays much agility, not much expressive
urgency, as Donna Elvira. Graziella Sciutti, the sweetest ...
... remastering of a 1967 Maggio Musicale Stuarda, while thoroughly accomplished under
Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, exists mainly for the Maria of Leyla Gencer. ...
... I was thought to have been unappreciative of the prima donna Leyla Gencer.
People were yelling, "How could you say what you said ...
... Alaimo and Joyce El-Khoury; for thrilling drama, find Gianandrea Gavazzeni’s
rough-and-ready 1969 Venetian performance with Giuseppe Taddei and Leyla Gencer. ...
... Sandro Sequi's 1972 Florence production of Attila, below, with Veriano Luchetti
(Foresto) and Leyla Gencer (Odabella) Foto Marchiori/OPERA NEWS Archives. ...
... After 1845, no performances of the opera were given until 1972, when it
was resurrected in Naples for Leyla Gencer. It has yet to ...
... us will treasure forever). Leyla Gencer, the great Donizetti singer, also
made a specialty of the role. Now, in this production ...
... The Turkish connection for this opera is strong for another reason: it was Turkish
diva par excellence Leyla Gencer who put the opera back in the repertoire in ...
... that, despite lovely singing on Fleming's part, her interpretation was too soft
and lyrical for an audience that cut its teeth on LEYLA GENCER's high-voltage ...
... John M. Gehl. New Orleans, LA. Turkish Delight. I was delighted to see the feature
on the Leyla Gencer Competition ["The Road to Istanbul," March 16]. ...
... cameo appearances. This year's guests included TERESA BERGANZA, LEYLA GENCER, ANNA MOFFO, ELAINE MALBIN and JANE POWELL. Then there ...
... Leyla Gencer as the put-upon heroine is vibrant and touching in her finest
late-career form. Renato Bruson is strong and sympathetic as King Lusignano. ...
... Her singing is similarly lovely, in a generalized way, never approaching the detail
or stylistic command of Caballé, not to mention Leyla Gencer or Joan ...
... screen. Maria Callas, Leyla Gencer and Beverly Sills have sung her at La
Scala, Glyndebourne and New York City Opera. David McVicar's ...
... Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury operates on a narrower format than did Leyla Gencer, the best-known Antonina of the late-twentieth-century Donizetti revival. ...
... The proud title role attracted two great divas in the twentieth century, Leyla Gencer
and Montserrat Caballé, both of whom revived the work with success. ...
... Anna Bolena has since proved irresistible to a number of important sopranos, including
Montserrat Caballé, Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland and Beverly Sills ...
... Canadian soprano Joyce El-Khoury operates on a narrower format than did Leyla Gencer, the best-known Antonina of the late-twentieth-century Donizetti revival. ...
... As the fading queen, Maria Callas achieves a spontaneity and tragic grandeur unmatched
by any other soprano. (Leyla Gencer comes closest with the piercing ...
... Guillaume Tell's Mathilde, a distressed damsel sung in the twentieth century by
full-voiced sopranos such as Rosa Ponselle, Leyla Gencer, Montserrat Caballé ...
... At the annual autumn gala, VIRGINIA ZEANI, LEYLA GENCER, INGE BORKH, JON VICKERS, GIORGIO TOZZI, EVELYN LEAR, TERESA STRATAS, BRENDA LEWIS, THOMAS STEWART and ...
... of "foreign" singers, very often American or Eastern European (epitomized by Zinka
Milanov) and occasionally farther afield (the great Leyla Gencer of Turkey). ...
... Freni grew up in the presence of inspiring performers, especially sopranos. (Maria
Callas, Renata Tebaldi, Magda Olivero, Leyla Gencer are just the top-of-the ...
... are offstage dramas and onstage triumphs; the political struggles of Galina
Vishnevskaya and Maria Guleghina, the austere dignity of Leyla Gencer, the poignant ...
... potential to become a major force in the dramatic coloratura repertoire, which was
then regaining attention, thanks to the arrival of Callas and Leyla Gencer. ...
... Oxenburg was suddenly left with a sold-out house for an impossible-to-cast rarity,
with only a few weeks to go. Sutherland and Leyla Gencer were both busy. ...
... There's a late-career Leyla Gencer scream-through from the San Carlo in 1977; Opera
Rara (1993) offers the tamer Jane Eaglen, plus Yvonne Kenny and Bruce Ford. ...
... She avoided other collisions by not taking the bait from singers such as Leyla Gencer
(with whom she became good friends) and Fiorenza Cossotto (protective of ...
... may get a kick out of the post-synched black-and-white Italian video from the 1950s
under Fernando Previtali (Bel Canto, VHS; Leyla Gencer, Barbieri, Mario Del ...
... I had a bis [encore] every time I opened my mouth. But Leyla Gencer's boyfriend
was running the whole operation, and she and I did the same roles. ...
... Occasionally you run across a young singer who is obsessed with the history of opera
and can tell you what year Leyla Gencer started her decline. ...
... In Sills's day, Leyla Gencer and Montserrat Caballé sang Elisabetta more powerfully
or more beautifully, and nowadays, Edita Gruberova enjoys success in the ...
... This work has been a vehicle for great sopranos of the bel canto revival -- Leyla
Gencer, Montserrat Caballé, Joan Sutherland, Beverly Sills and, more recently ...
... Naples, 1955). The tenor made his US debut in 1957, as Alfredo to Leyla
Gencer's Violetta at San Francisco Opera. In 1965, Raimondi ...
... And there I was with legends of the opera world - Giangiacomo Guelfi, Leyla Gencer.
Even the little parts were [sung by artists] from La Scala. ...
... get a kick out of the post-synched black-and-white Italian video from the 1950s
under Fernando Previtali (Bel Canto, VHS), with Leyla Gencer, Barbieri, Mario ...
... full-bodied interpretations of "Porgi amor" and "Dove sono"; there were moments
when I was reminded of the heat that the great LEYLA GENCER brought to her ...
... Successors include Magda Olivero, Leyla Gencer, Leonie Rysanek and Anja Silja -
all powerhouse performers leaving memorable documented versions. ...
... Take LEYLA GENCER, JOAN SUTHERLAND, MARTINA ARROYO, EVELYN LEAR -- and one of the greatest of them all, RENATA SCOTTO, who is running an opera academy that ...
... (Pizzi also helmed the 1967 revival at the Maggio Musicale in Florence that starred
Leyla Gencer and Shirley Verrett as Mary and Elizabeth, respectively ...
... distinction. Cossotto and Bergonzi also feature in the 1966 black-and-white
Verona performance opposite Leyla Gencer. The Japanese ...
... investment plus a spectacular high C. Ettore Bastianini (di Luna) doesn't quite
match his astounding form in the 1957 RAI film opposite Leyla Gencer, but his ...
... Leyla Gencer, Marcella Pobbe, Virginia Zeani and the late Carla Gavazzi are just
a few who enjoyed major careers on the Continent, and to this list we can add ...
... a prodigious technique, Olivero did not take part in the bel canto revival of the
1960s and '70s that attracted the other "pirate queen," Leyla Gencer, and a ...
... (As Leyla Gencer aptly said of the I-never-used-chest-school of singers, "They have
short memories!") All source information for the tracks on this Myto set ...
... In her topmost notes she may not quite equal the late Leyla Gencer, who created
the role, or Virginia Zeani, who quickly took it up; but Marrocu is one of few ...
... This production was promoted by Leyla Gencer, long associated with Donizetti’s tragic scores, and one could hear her influence in the singing style of ...
... based repertory congenial to his core audience, often featuring important singers
overlooked by the Metropolitan, like Magda Olivero, Leyla Gencer and (in an ...
... Leyla Gencer, his Leonora, was not the spinto soprano dictated by tradition.
(Forget Milanov, forget Callas.) Never mind. She knew ...
... Some of her contemporaries, such as Maria Callas, Leyla Gencer, Virginia
Zeani and Magda Olivero, had far more fiery incisiveness. ...
... Legato LCD-159 (2). Leyla Gencer and Maria Callas began the postwar restoration
of bel canto opera, but Montserrat Caballé has done even more for the cause. ...
... Her textual sensitivity made me think that LEYLA GENCER would smile approvingly
on her efforts, and I asked her if she'd ever studied with the great Turkish ...
... Joan Sutherland and Leyla Gencer, who made something of its dull title role, perhaps
inspired Mirella Freni to take it on in 1976 in Bologna. ...
... Similarly, we have Leyla Gencer, a soprano not given to pulling punches, cast as
an emotive Donna Elvira in a terrific Don Giovanni conducted by Francesco ...
... had been there for five days when he won a voice competition, then went on to take
second prize in the Yapi Kredi International LEYLA GENCER Competition in ...
... But I still treasure the diva moments I've witnessed. For me, the number-one
spot goes to the great LEYLA GENCER. I met her in Istanbul ...
... Singers such as Maria Callas, Tito Gobbi, Leyla Gencer and Richard Tucker were
headliners, while more recently young singers such as Elizabeth Futral, Barbara ...
... Caught in late career, the dramatically and stylistically authoritative but vocally
unsteady Leyla Gencer mars her Falena, the enchantress role, with hoarse ...
... potential to become a major force in the dramatic coloratura repertoire, which was
then regaining attention, thanks to the arrival of Callas and Leyla Gencer. ...
... In the title parts, Leyla Gencer and Renato Cioni, sensitive and colorful, are more
persuasive than the authoritative Maria Caniglia (heard in 1951, late in ...
... to offer the most consistent results) and a proliferation of master classes by veteran
singers such as Bergonzi, Magda Olivero and Leyla Gencer, by conductor ...
... nella Cattedrale had its premiere at La Scala on March 1, 1958, with bass Nicola
Rossi-Lemeni in the role of Thomas Becket and soprano Leyla Gencer as the ...
... Surprisingly, Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer sang sixteen Verdi roles onstage in Italy,
probably more than anyone else, and Montserrat Caballé performed fourteen ...
... The Forza Flu, Part II. Going into the company dress rehearsal, to which all the
workers at La Scala can invite their families, I pass Leyla Gencer. ...
... potential to become a major force in the dramatic coloratura repertoire, which was
then regaining attention, thanks to the arrival of Callas and Leyla Gencer. ...
... Dialogues des Carmélites was first performed at La Scala, Milan, on January 26,
1957, in Italian, with Virginia Zeani, Leyla Gencer and Gianna Pederzini. ...
... Dialogues des Carmélites was first performed at La Scala, Milan, on January 26,
1957, in Italian, with Virginia Zeani, Leyla Gencer and Gianna Pederzini. ...
... until the second half of the twentieth century, when the role of Mary Stuart attracted
the attentions of star singers such as Leyla Gencer, Montserrat Caballé ...
... an early Rossini (1815) and a mature Donizetti (1837), revolve around episodes in
the reign of Elizabeth I. Turkish soprano Leyla Gencer, a contemporary of ...
... it wasn't possible for me to sing it. They took [Leyla] Gencer instead. But
when it was performed for radio, with Pizzetti conducting ...
... MATTIWILDA DOBBS. DIETRICH FISCHER-DIESKAU. NICOLAI GEDDA. LEYLA GENCER. GIANGIACOMO GUELFI. JAMES KING. PATRICE MUNSEL. ROLANDO PANERAI. ...
... Lidoine — the new prioress — proved a cozy showcase for divas-to-be: the later high
repute of Leyla Gencer, Régine Crespin, Leontyne Price and Joan ...
... She is retired Turkish diva Leyla Gencer, who runs La Scala's school (roughly analagous to the Met's Young Artist program) at Muti's invitation and comes to ...
... half of the twentieth century, Anna Bolena proved irresistible to a number of important
sopranos, including Montserrat Caballé, Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland ...
... s concerts at Lincoln Center, handing out cash prizes to young singers, welcoming
guest-star colleagues such as Fedora Barbieri, Leyla Gencer, Lucine Amara and ...
... The two first crossed paths in 1995 at the inaugural International Leyla Gencer
Voice Competition in Istanbul, when Joël was a judge and Álvarez placed second ...
... s concerts at Lincoln Center, handing out cash prizes to young singers, welcoming
guest-star colleagues such as Fedora Barbieri, Leyla Gencer, Lucine Amara and ...
... JC. Leyla Gencer ARIAS from Anna Bolena, Assassinio nella Cattedrale, Due Foscari,
Forza, Lucia, Suor Angelica, Tabarro, Trovatore (1957-58). No texts. ...
... Poulenc congratulates Leyla Gencer, Lidoine in the world premiere of Dialogues,
at La Scala on January 26, 1957. Death by religious ...
... Leyla Gencer, the Turkish soprano beloved in Italy in the 1950s and '60s for her
service to Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi, can now be heard as Norma in this ...
... Obituaries Subscribers Only. Peerless diva Leyla Gencer dies at seventy-nine; soprano
Carla Gavazzi; critic Wilfrid Mellers; Opera Quarterly founder Irene Sloan ...
... Excerpts and interviews with Iris Adami Corradetti, Fedora Barbieri, Anita Cerquetti,
Gina Cigna, Gigliola Frazzoni, Carla Gavazzi, Leyla Gencer, Magda Olivero ...
... LF: But were you aware of [Leyla] Gencer or anybody else who had sung it recently?
BS: I wasn't into that stuff. I never collected pirated recordings. ...
... Adrift and Sheppard's Missa Cantate; recitals by Iris Vermillion, Anne-Sophie Schmidt,
Marie-Nicole Lemieux; historic Gounod La Colombe; Gencer and Bergonzi in ...
... of that exciting period of rediscovery was that the piece in question provide a
vehicle for a prima donna; Maria Callas, Leyla Gencer, Joan Sutherland ...
... sang the title roles in Anna Bolena and Maria Stuarda, and so, like Montserrat Caballé,
the Gemma on this recording (and Beverly Sills, Leyla Gencer and Edita ...
... tragic operas, was a moving experience on May 28 at the Teatro di San Carlo, where
it was first staged in 1837 and first revived (with Leyla Gencer in the ...
... Olivero, like Leyla Gencer, is a singer whose importance is based largely upon her
legacy of pirated and broadcast live performances, and therefore another ...

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