• Short Summary

    "IT'S QUITE UNBELIEVABLE" WAS HOW AUSTRALIAN SOPRANO, MARIE COLLIER, DESCRIBED THE WILDLY ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE REACTION TO HER PERFORMANCE IN "TOSCA" AT COVENT GARDEN OPERA HOUSE, IN LONDON, LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY).

  • Description

    "IT'S QUITE UNBELIEVABLE" WAS HOW AUSTRALIAN SOPRANO, MARIE COLLIER, DESCRIBED THE WILDLY ENTHUSIASTIC AUDIENCE REACTION TO HER PERFORMANCE IN "TOSCA" AT COVENT GARDEN OPERA HOUSE, IN LONDON, LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY).THE 34-YEAR-OLD SOPRANO WAS CALLED IN AT THE LAST MOMENT TO PLAY THE NAME ROLE OF PUCCINI'S "TOSCA" WHEN MARIA CALLAS HAD TO WITHDRAW FROM THE ROLE BECAUSE OF ILLNESS.

    MARIE COLLIER, THE WIFE OF AN ENGINEER, MR VICTOR VORWERG, AND THE MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN, HAS BEEN A PRINCIPAL AT COVENT GARDEN FOR THE LAST NINE YEARS.SHE HAS SUNG THE TITLE ROLE IN "TOSCA" SEVERAL TIMES.SHE WAS CALLED IN TO REPLACE MARIA CALLAS WITH 48 HOURS NOTICE AND SAID: "I'M TERRIFIED.THE AUDIENCE WILL HAVE THE IMAGE OF CALLAS BEFORE THEM."
    HOWEVER, THE AUDIENCE RECEIVED HER WARMLY FROM THE START.AT THE END, SHE WAS APPLAUDED FOR 20 MINUTES, WHICH INCLUDED A STANDING OVATION, SHOWERED WITH BOUQUETS, AND GIVEN 14 CURTAIN CALLS.THE SOPRANO, WHO SANG WITH TITO GOBBI AND RENATO CIONI IN THE OPERA, SAID: "I FEEL AS IF I'M SLEEPWALKING."
    (MISS CALLAS WAS FORBIDDEN BY HER DOCTORS TO COMPLETE THE ENGAGEMENT OF FOUR PERFORMANCES OF "TOSCA".SHE'S BELIEVED TO BE SUFFERING FROM LOW BLOOD PRESSURE.MISS COLLIER'S "TOSCA" HAS GAINED HER AN OFFER TO SING AT THE FAMOUS LA SCALA OPERA HOUSE IN MILAN, ITALY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1DBK5KBW6JQ2KRI5MK1B5DKLP
    Media URN:
    VLVA1DBK5KBW6JQ2KRI5MK1B5DKLP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/07/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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