Dearly Beloved | George Heymont

August 22, 2014 7:17 AM

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Dearly Beloved | George Heymont

It's tempting to paraphrase George Orwell by stating that "All artists are equal, but some artists are more equal than others."

On January 2, 1996, the beloved Viennese soprano, Leonie Rysanek, ended her run of more than 300 performances at the Metropolitan Opera with her portrayal of the old Countess in Tchaikovsky's 1890 opera, Pique Dame (Queen of Spades). Having been an audience favorite at the Met for nearly four decade...

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