From the Vaults: Shirley Verrett on WNYC

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In this 1993 edition of WNYC's New York and Company, the late soprano and mezzo-soprano Shirley Verrett looks back on her remarkable and varied career in the opera world.

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Comments [2]

Gabrielle from New York

Listening to the streaming of the new Don Carlo last Monday and the disastrous Eboli, I was reminded of the fabulous evenings when Miss Verrett was Eboli, Norma, Lady Macbeth, Dalilah,etc. Ah! Those were the days!

Nov. 26 2010 02:18 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

SHIRLEY VERRETT died yesterday, Friday, November 5th, at age 79 of a heart attack, after months of illness. I have seen her outmatch all former interpreters of the role of Carmen in her sheer dark, sumptuous full-bodied voice combined with a physical appearance Hollywood-glamourish and powerful top notes, contending well in normally dramatic soprano territory, and a musicianship which made the most of every role she tackled. At Juilliard she studied in the late 1950s and acquired her diploma in voice in 1961. I have seen her as Eboli in Don Carlo, Dalilah, Azucena, Norma, Adalgiza, Aida, Lady Macbeth and Tosca. In each she was totally convincing, and sometimes
awesome and overpowering. I have heard of her Desdemona with the Boston Opera Company, and, to Wagnerians a major triumph, her Venus at Bayreuth. I would have wished to be at those performances,
her assaying a role being so close to definitive.

Nov. 10 2010 07:04 PM

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