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Marian’s angels

 76 de ani distanta, ma intreb ce text, fotografie sau orice alta forma de exprimare mai scandalizeaza, mai este cenzurata. In lumea libera, desigur. Talentul se exprima instant catre audiente globale. Celebritatea de consistenta sau faima de 15 minute au acoperire planetara, sunt trimbitate, documentate si disecate in timp real.

Acum 76 de ani, in 1937, Carmel Snow, editoarea Harper’s Bazaar, avea un curaj nebun si publica o fotogafie cu o tanara artista de culoare: Marian Anderson, splendida contralto a impresionat si criticii si publicul de la primele ei aparitii. Cariera ei insa a fost un drum sinuos. Prejudecatile legate de culoarea pielii i-au negat dreptul de a canta in anumite sali, pe anumite scene, i-au refuzat accesul in hoteluri: pe vremea turneelor americane, Albert Einstein insusi a gazduit-o de mai multe ori pentru ca nu putea rezerva o camera. In 1955 Rudolf Bing, directorul Metropolitan Opera House face istorie (si dreptate, as spune) invitand-o pe Marian Anderson sa cante Ulrica in “Un Ballo…”. Era spre sfarsitul carierei ei, dar o restituire totusi. A fost primul artist de culoare care a cantat la MET. A fost singura data cand Marian Anderson a cantat un rol intr-un teatru de opera.

Aflate din carti. Ca si episodul de mai jos: la opera din San Francisco, Kathleen Ferrier repeta L’Orfeo:

“At the rehearsal, Kathleen noticed a huge negro woman sitting in the stalls. Kathleen started to sing, the woman clapped her hands and very audibly exclaimed, ‘My God, what a voice – and what a face!’ Afterwards Kathleen asked Monteux who she was and was introduced to Marian Anderson, the possessor of the most thrilling contralto voice in the world. Not only had miss Anderson a range of nearly three octaves, but her singing was distinguished by a fine intelligence. Kathleen knew her voice well, having listened many times to her broadcast recordings lieder and arias from Samson and Dalilah, and she later described their meeting as ‘the biggest thrill of the tour.” (“The life of Kathleen Ferrier 1912 – 1953, Maurice Leonard).

In vremea lui Google, Facebook et comp, aceste doua uriase artiste ar fi stiut totul una despre cealalta, inclusiv cum arata fiecare. Dar intalnirea lor n-ar mai fi fost atat de speciala. Nu credeti?

Inzestrata din nou cu un calculator, dupa 2 luni. Dar cu aceeasi dragoste pentru carti :-)

Marian Anderson, Ulrica@ Met in 1955. Foto@Richard Avedon

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