More than a substitute
I realize that the death of Mary Curtis-Verna (whose obituary has finally appeared, a few weeks after the fact, in the New York Times) has not created the same shock waves as the deaths of Corelli, Di Stefano, or some of her other partners. I myself never got to hear her. But when I was working on The King and I with Herbert Breslin, her name was often invoked as an example of the many artists who in their day were rather taken for granted but who, if they sang today, would have the opera world at their feet. Herbert concludes many a diatribe about the decline of singing in our time with the theatrical assertion, "Oh, for a Mary Curtis-Verna!"
And to judge from the evidence, there's quite a lot to regret.
(Check out the audio clips here, as well.)
R. I. P.
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