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Gallery: Ten Classical Musicians We'd Invite to a Halloween Party
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:00 AM
Some classical musicians have a special knack for getting in the spirit of creepy characters and outrageous alter-egos. On this Halloween, here are ten artists who would make any Halloween party come to life.
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Norman Treigle, the New Orleans-born bass-baritone, specialized in roles
that evoked villainy and terror.
Don't try this at your next Halloween party.
Samuel Ramey played the devil in countless disguises. This may be one of
his more toned-down looks.
Jessye Norman as Salome. Don't Mess.
Mephistofeles: Another feather in John Relyea's cap (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera).
Scarf? Check. Violin? Check. Flowing cape? And check.
Creepy: Fyodor Chaliapin digs into the role of Mefistofeles in Faust (Metropolitan Opera)
About those seven veils, Birgit Nilsson...
Monster Mash: Eric Owens as Grendel (Stephanie Berger)
Business in front, tenor in the back for Roberto Alagna (photo: Uli Webber).
...And Wagner's creepiest duo: