I work as a musician and conductor in the UK
I have experience in many kinds of music but am a fairly recent convert to the world of early opera,
mezzo worship appreciation and the sharing of thoughts through blogs.
Thank you for the beautiful and perceptive tribute to Sena Jurinac. Much loved, she was, i think, somewhat underappreciated because she was a completely honest artist and in no sense showy. Her final London appearances were all in recital. On 25 June 1977 she had a terrific success when she replaced an ailing Elisabeth Schwarzkopf at the Wigmore Hall in a programme of Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Strauss. On 26 February 1978 she gave one of series of Sunday recitals at Wyndham’s Theatre. This was an all Schumann programme with Brahms encores. Her final London appearance was at the Wigmore Hall (not the RFO) in a programme ranging from Dido’s Lament, through Handel, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Webern, Brahms, Reger and Strauss to the Marschallin’s Monologue and ending most appropriately with “An die Musik”. Geoffrey Parsons was the accompanist at all three recitals. I was fortunate to attend the last two of these recitals. Though the voice had darkened by 1981, Jurinac’s tone remained luminous, her artistry impeccable, and her communication with the audience second to none.
Thank you for your visit and comment Jim.
I just wanted to say that I love your blog. It’s brilliant. Thank you.
Welcome lietofinelondon and thank you!
Likewise – although I have only just discovered yours.
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