Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 13
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Belter Late Than Never By IRVING KOLOMN NEW YORK-Not many sing- ars with 10 years of activity in leading roles at the Metropolitan Opera House may be said to be anly beginning their substantial oweer, but--"better late than aever" is a motto Nell Ranlcin can claim for her own, as well as "where tSere is a wiU there i« a way." Latest example of the will providing a way is her debut at Milan's La Seal* in the exacting role of Cassandra, in company with Guilietta Simionato ·ft Dido and Mario Del Monaco as Aeneas, with Rafael Kubelik conducting. A first appearance at La Scala is always an event in the life of a singer, particularly oae of American birth, but it is only one happening in a summer's activity which must be the high mark to date of Miss Rankin's career. Included is a performance of Mahler's "Kin- dertotenlieder" with the London Philharmonic followed by four performances in Saint- Saens "Samson et Dalila" in the outdoor theater at Athens. Much of this might not hav« happened for Miss Rankin had she not been granted a second start, in 1957, on the Metropolitan career which began in 1951. A native of Montgomery, Ala., where she was born on Jan. 3, 1926, Miss Rankin made her first consequential musical news in 1950, when she won the Geneva International Competition at the age of 24. Already she had traveled « considerable distance from Lanier High School in Montgomery and the Birmingham Conservatory, aided in no small measure by Karen Branzell, one of her illustrious predecessors in mezzo roles on the stage of the Metropolitan prior to her retirment to pursue a teaching career in the early '40s. As may happen," however, Miss Rankin did not show to best advantage in her first Metropolitan season. Her first few seasons were redeemed by the second opportunity which arrived when a colleague came down with an ailment and Miss Rankin was called upon to take her place. Since men she has become a strong reliance in roles as diverse as Laura in "La Gioeonda" and Fricka in Wagner's "Walkuere," which means the kind of a singer any company can use. The wife of a doctor, Miss Rankin has little time these days for such recreations as fishing and sailing, what with traveling the operatic waters; but it's a fair guess that singing in Milan one night and London the next is as much pleasure as a mezzo can use »t ooe.time. * * » Something of a million-to-one chance came to pass when Van Cliburn took off for a return visit to the USSR a few days ago. Even more remarkable than the success that has come to the young man (who went to Moscow as an unknown in early 1958, and foupd more fame than he believed to exist) was his "traveling companion." Present as buffer, counselor, and public relations advisor was his manager S. Hurok, en route to Russia with him. No doubt Hurok's knowledge of the language and customs within Soviet borders will be a valuable aid in avoiding a situation in which the good-natured "Wan (as his Russian friends Mil him) might be exploited ·gainst his, and our, interests. + * * The period July 1-15 has been appointed for the appearance of PaWo Casals at the Marlboro Music School (and Festival) in Vermont In addition *· the iwted Catalan cellist, artists ueociated with the enterprise NELL RANKIN Johnny-come-lately presided over by Rudolph Serkin include pianists Leon Fleisher and Jacob Lateiner, violinists Alexander Schneider, Felix Galimir and Zvi Zeitlin, flutist Marcel Moyce and baritone Martial Singher. In addition to those enrolled as students, members of the public are invited to take part as patrons, with season- long privileges of attending concerts, rehearsals, etc. * * * As might have been expected, the late Lucrezia Bori did not forget the Metropolitan Opera Association in the disposition of her properties when she died recently. She returned the "Flower LONGPLAY LEADERS SOLD OUT, Kingston Trio (Capitol) , ELVIS IS BACK, Elvis Presley (Victor) SUMMER PLACE THEME, Billy Vaughn (Dot) SOUND OF MUSIC, Original Cast (Columbia) BUTTON DOWN MIND, Bob Newhart (Warner) CAN-CAN, Soundtrack (Capitol) FAITHFULLY, Johnny Mathis (Columbia) LANZA SINGS CARUSO, Mario Lanza (Victor) BEN-HUR, Soundtrack (MGM) LIKE LOVE, Andre Prtvin (Columbia) TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOURSELF, Nat King Cote (Capitol) . BYE BYE BIRDIE, Original Cast (Columbia) ' BROTHERS FOUR, Brother* Four (Columbia) SfNG A HYMN WITH ME, Ernie Ford (Capitol) THIS IS DARIN, Bobby Darin (Atoo) of the Empress Eugenie" diamond pin given to her al her farewell performance in March 1.936. In addition to generous legacies to persons closely associated with her, she directed that the bulk of her estate be used to form a Lucrezia Bori Foundation after her relatives (a brother and » cousin) have enjoyed the income from her estate during their lifetimes. * » » Rumor from Chicago has it that Fritz Reiner and the local symphony orchestra will extend their agreement upon its expiration at the end of -the 1960-61 season. Needless to say, the un- j certainty had nothing to do with j the quality of his services to j the orchestra, which have been j universally recognized as first rate, but to other factors, in- j eluding the unfulfilled European tour of last year. *· * * Latest change impending on the New York music scene is the relocation of the famous firm *f G. Schirmer from the premises on East 43rd Street they have occupied for nearly 50 years. The new locale, in the KLM building at 48th Street and Fifth Avenue, is only half a dozen blocks further uptown; but in decidedly more of a retail shopping area (something of importance these days when' such enterprises relate to many other mings -- records, hi-fi, radios, musical instruments, etc.--besides music and scores). * * * Pianist William Masselos will take note of Aaron Copland's 90th birthday (the day actually comes in November) during this year's Berkshire Festival when he plays a program devoted wholly to the American composer's works on Monday, July 18. Included are the sonata and fantasy, and the variations. It will be given under (he sponsorship of the Fromm Foundation m th« Theatre-Concert H»U. DINING AND DANCING UNDER THE STARS «:«· (· l:M Saturday June 4th SPECIAL ATTRACTION... Wayne Webb's 18-Piece Dance Band and Buddy Peck Trio Fabulous Built* Dinner »-3* Free (· Lucky Persons Complete Honeymoon Weekend* For Reservations Call MA 2-JS41 TIDELANDS MOTOR INN tit N. 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