A look around the trio of web sites from this prolific blogger reminded me of a story about a soprano singing on the streets of San Francisco over one hundred years ago.
Memory proved accurate, and I can now suggest another site for piccies next time she’s on Market Street with a camera.
Famed soprano Luisa Tetrazzini (1871 – 1940) loved San Francisco, and had a knack for creative programming. During a contractual dispute on New York City, she reportedly said, “I will sing in San Francisco if I have to sing there in the streets, for I know the streets of San Francisco are free.”
On Christmas Eve in 1910 she did just that.
To an audience of somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 San Franciscans, she sang ~ no microphones in those days ~ for 30 minutes. And was heard blocks away. The lady had technique. She had heart.
The concert also recognized the rebuilding of the city after the 1906 earthquake. Her final song was “Auld Lang Syne.”
From all I could gather, the bronze plaque commemorating that concert is still attached to Lotta’s Fountain, on Market at Geary & Kearney.
Was reading over at Uncle Spike’s blog, and came across his Nessun Dorma post, which immediately reminded me of a video with more behind-the-scenes details.
Wonder of wonders, and perhaps because it’s still only available in VHS, the entire piece is available on-line here.
I guess the 58-minute video is too large for wordpress to upload. My apologies for making you click over to watch, but please do. It’s well worth it!
It shows the original three tenors meeting for the first time, discussing possible repertoire, clowning & rehearsing with conductor Zubin Mehta – long before they rehearsed with orchestra. It also details some of the obstacles event producer Mario Dradi had to surmount.
Event producers, be aware of those details. And of how many rehearsal hours were scheduled with these four hugely successful artists.
Was their rapport infectious? Yes. Why? Those maaany hours of rehearsals, besides lifetimes of study and performing.
Don’t think it can be equalled without those rehearsal hours!
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If you haven’t seen Detective Montalbano, try looking around your local telly channels. In the U.S., MHz stations frequently include it as part of their international mystery series.
The opportunity to watch and learn from a meticulously crafted ensemble of performers, both behind and before the camera, is invaluable to anyone involved in the performing arts. And the music is great!
Now there are 2 hours of videos on how it’s done, led by insights from actor Luca Zingaretti (Montalbano).
Series viewer caution: This is an Italian television series. Some viewers may find portions objectionable.
Conversation with Luca Zingaretti (45 min) A subtitled in-depth conversation with Luca Zingaretti on theatre and screen acting, the importance of one’s soul, the character of Montalbano, and much more.