Opera talk honors Nordica
Camden — Michael Lund will presents present another 100 Years of Recorded Grand Opera talk Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library. This the second part of Lund’s opera presentation. Last May, Lund conducted a tribute to Bidu Sayao and Beaumont Glass, and follows up a talk is dedicated to Maine’s legendary soprano, Lillian Nordica (1857-1914), from Farmington.
Lund has planned a fascinating evening of recorded music from the world of opera and classical song featuring the music of Mozart, Thomas, Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Offenbach, Debussy and Bizet, as well as some vintage recordings of Nordica, “America’s Great Diva,” in her prime.
After opening her career in Europe, Nordica’s association with the Metropolitan Opera House in New York during the latter half of the 1890s lent luster to that galaxy of artists, not since duplicated in any opera house. She is said to have possessed a voice of liquid purity, exceptional range and magnificent power. These, combined with a charming personality, rare dramatic gift and an obsession for patient study, enabled her to win success in a most exacting profession, according to materials from the Nordica Museum in Farmington.
Some of the other singers who will be featured on Nov. 5 are Enrico Caruso, Nellie Melba, Galli Curci, Luciano Pavarotti, Rene Fleming and many more. Lund has delivered illustrated music talks all over the country including libraries, schools and historical societies. He has done radio commentary on stations coast to coast, including his two-hour specials on WGBH in Boston. He regularly writes criticism for major record companies in the form of liner notes that accompany classical CD re-issues by legendary performers. Many opera recordings will be available for purchase at the event.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.