Neil Shicoff

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Neil Shicoff sings Turandot: Nessun dorma
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Neil Shicoff sings La Juive: Dieu, que ma voix tremblante
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Neil Shicoff sings La Juive: La Paque
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Neil Shicoff sings La Juive: Rachel quand du Seigneur
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Neil Shicoff sings La Juive: Final, with Walter Fink
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The performance (La Juive) you have is excellent for Shicoff's standard. I heard him twice, and on both evenings, he wasn't half as good, and not either in the (third) performance broadcast by the Austrian radio. In the two performances I heard, he always cracked the final top note in "Rachel"; on one of the two evenings, he thought he had it and repeated it twice, thus trying that note three consecutive times - he always cracked. (However, to do Shicoff justice, it must be said that he was above all a singing actor, or more precisely: first an actor, then a singer. And he is actually one of the most impressive and most intelligent actors I've ever seen; had he chosen a film career, he'd already won lots of Oscars no doubt. Whenever his singing wasn't as bad as disturbing his acting performance, I enjoyed seeing him tremendously; which was the case in Peter Grimes - Shicoff alone was the reason to attend this opera, an opera I don't absolutely care for -, in Tosca, in Madama Butterfly, quite surprisingly, in Jevgeny Onegin, in Don Carlo and in Roméo et Juliette, a role he didn't just act but also sang really well.)
Robert Schlesinger
Neil Shicoff sings Il Trovatore: Di quella pira
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Neil Shicoff sings Ernani: Come rugiada al cespite
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I wish to thank Imogen Norcroft for the recording (Turandot).
I would like to thank Thomas Silverboerg for the recordings (Juive, Ernani) and picture.

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