Regina Resnik
Operatic mezzo-soprano
Regina Resnik
Regina Resnik is an American operatic singer. Regina Resnik, an American mezzo-soprano, started a dramatic career ten months after earning her B.A. in Music at Hunter College. The role was Lady Macbeth under Fritz Busch in December, 1942 with the New Opera Company. A few months later, she sang Fidelio and Micaela under Erich Kleiber in Mexico City.
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Regina Resnik, Metropolitan Opera Star, Dies at 90
NYTimes - over 3 years
Ms. Resnik, a Bronx native who made a mid-career switch from soprano to mezzo-soprano, sang more than 300 performances at the Met.     
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Versatile Opera Star, Director, Teacher Regina Resnik Dies at 90
NPR - over 3 years
An American singer began her long career as a soprano in her home country, then thrived as a mezzo in Europe. She also directed opera and documentary film, working with both her husband and son. She died in her native New York. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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George Heymont: Can You Hear Me Now?
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During the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000, the wall between contemporary opera and musical theater was pretty thoroughly demolished. Ambitious musical theater composers were starting to experiment with classical sounds and compose music designed for more operatic voices. Simultaneously, operatic composers were learning how to use computers to help generate musical scores and finding ways to enhance the music they had written for classical voices with subtle amplification. In 1971's Follies, Stephen Sondheim wrote a number ("One More Kiss") to be sung by performers with clearly operatic voices. Among the sopranos who have portrayed the younger and older versions of operetta star Heidi Schiller are Licia Albanese, Carol Neblett, Erie Mills, Yma Sumac, and Rosalind Elias. In 1973's A Little Night Music, Sondheim's score was composed entirely in 3/4 time. This waltz-themed work has since been performed at the New York City Opera (among others). In the following clip from ...
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Today in History: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 - Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
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Opera singer Regina Resnik is 89. Actor Bill Daily is 84. Cartoonist R. Crumb is 68. Comedian Lewis Black is 63. Actor Timothy Bottoms is 60. Actor David Paymer is 57. Jazz musician Gerald Albright is 54. Country singer Sherrie Austin is 40
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Vyriausybė skyrė daugiau lėšų Arbit Blato kolekcijai ir baldams iš Venecijos ... - ATN.lt
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Savo vyro kūrinių kolekciją Lietuvai padovanojo menininko našlė, žymi operos solistė, režisierė Regina Resnik-Blatas. Teigiama, kad pasaulinio garso dailininko Arbit Blato kolekcija, kuri papildys Lietuvos dailės muziejaus fondus, bus didžiausia iš
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Around The Classical Internet: July 8, 2011 - NPR (blog)
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Among them: tenors Plácido Domingo and José Carreras, mezzo-sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Regina Resnik and composers Jake Heggie and Carlisle Floyd. (Soprano Catherine Malfitano and NYCO's former dramaturge Cori Ellison penned the letter
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Stars Sign Letter Protesting City Opera's Move - New York Times
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Other major names who have signed on, Ms. Malfitano said, include June Anderson, Jane Bunnell, Tito Capobianco, Frank Corsaro, Phyllis Curtin, Justino Díaz, Joyce DiDonato, Jake Heggie, John Mauceri, Jan Opalach and Regina Resnik. Many had successes as
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Arbit Blatas returns with his paintings - Baltic Times
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Manhattan-based Regina Resnik-Blatas, his widow and former prima donna of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, donated his legacy collection to the Lithuanian Art Museum. On June 15, his paintings, lithographs, sculptures, and other legacy arrived in
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Ilga Arbit Blato kelionė namo - Alfa.lt
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Su mano mama Regina Resnik dailininkas susipažino 1968 metais Metropoliteno operoje. Čia ji atliko Karmen vaidmenį. Arbit Blatas pasiūlė nutapyti jos portretą. Dabar šį darbą galima išvysti Nacionalinėje Vašingtono dailės galerijoje
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Lietuvai padovanota pasaulinio garso dailininko kūrinių kolekcija - Alfa.lt
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Sprendimą apie kolekcijos dovanojimą Lietuvai Regina Resnik – Blatas paskelbė ir Lietuvos Respublikos kultūros ministrui Arūnui Gelūnui, kai jis pernai metų rudenį lankėsi Niujorke ir buvo priimtas jos namuose Manhetene
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CD der Woche: MET öffnet ihre Archive - Kurier
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In den kleineren Partien tummeln sich solche Kaliber wie Regina Resnik (Marcellina) oder Ezio Flagello (Bartolo). Ein grandioses Mozart-Erlebnis. Doch auch im deutschen Fach hat die MET einiges vorzuweisen. So dirigierte Karl Böhm 1960 Beethovens
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Rabbi Arthur Schneier Presented With Legion of Honor Medal by Francois ... - Forward
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All aglow in a blue-and-green ensemble, Kaufman, who at 99 taught a course, “Laugh, Laugh, Laugh,” at Hunter College, told the crowd — which included opera diva Regina Resnik — “You are here because I am very old. I have been given many awards and
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Stars return for Opera's 50th bash - Dayton Daily News
Google News - almost 6 years
The 1986 UD graduate has played for the likes of Marilyn Horne, Renata Scotto, Regina Resnik, Regine Crespin and Birgit Nilsson. The day after the Dayton Opera event, he'll begin preparations as music director for the Met's upcoming three-week,
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Long-Running Jewish Choir Sprang From Humble Roots - The Epoch Times
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Among them were sopranos Regina Resnik and the young Lois Marshall, tenor Jan Peerce, and basses Igor Kipnis and Paul Robeson—at a time when the legendary African-American Robeson wasn't allowed to stay at the city's finest hotels because of his skin
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MUSIC REVIEW; Finding High Spirits in Shakespeare
NYTimes - almost 6 years
To follow his shattering adaptation of ''Othello,'' Giuseppe Verdi and his trusted late-career librettist, Arrigo Boito, turned to another Shakespeare play. Not ''King Lear,'' which had tantalized Verdi for years. Not ''The Tempest,'' whose storm and complex father-daughter relationship must have appealed to him. Instead, for what turned out to be
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Finding High Spirits in Shakespeare - New York Times
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They had clearly been carefully and thoughtfully prepared by the production's director, Laura Alley; by Mr. Colaneri; and by coaching from the great Regina Resnik, one of the school's artists in residence and one of the legendary Alice Fords and Mrs
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The Listings
NYTimes - almost 6 years
Classical Full reviews of recent music performances: nytimes.com/music. Opera 'Ariadne auf Naxos' (Saturday and Tuesday) Elijah Moshinsky's popular 1993 production of Strauss's ''Ariadne auf Naxos'' returns to the Met with an enticing cast. The compelling Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana sings the prima donna (who portrays the mythic Ariadne in
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Mannes Opera Presents Verdi's Falstaff Conducted by Joseph Colaneri - Broadway World
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WHAT: Under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor Joseph Colaneri, with coaching by Master Artist-in-Residence Regina Resnik, the critically acclaimed Mannes Opera presents a fully staged production of Verdi's Falstaff in collaboration with The
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Regina Resnik
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 90
    Died on August 8, 2013.
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  • 2011
    Age 88
    Conceived by her son, Michael Philip Davis, and directed by Resnik, this "kaleidescope of Jewish classical song" featured Resnik as narrator and has been televised and shown on CUNY TV; all three concerts were also released on DVD in September 2011 by vaimusic.com (VAI 4540).
    More Details Hide Details Celebrations of her career began in New York City when "Regina Resnik Day" was proclaimed. She received the Lawrence Tibbett Award from the American Guild of Musical Artists and a special tribute from Lincoln Center. The city of Venice honored her 50th anniversary in a special event. The 60th anniversary of her career was celebrated by the Metropolitan Opera Guild at Lincoln Center in New York.
  • 2007
    Age 84
    Hunter College invested her with an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters and, in 2007, the New England Conservatory honored her with a Doctorate of Music.
    More Details Hide Details She served as a trustee of the Hunter Foundation and as a member of the jury of the Peabody Awards for Radio and Television. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the Board of Advisors of CUNY TV.
  • 1991
    Age 68
    Armfeldt (A Little Night Music) at Lincoln Center brought her a Drama Desk nomination in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Resnik died aged 90 from a stroke in Manhattan. She was a master class teacher at the Metropolitan Opera, for ten years, at the Mozarteum (Salzburg), the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), the San Francisco Opera, the Opera Studio of Opéra Bastille in Paris, the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. She was Master Teacher-in-Residence in the Opera Department of the Mannes College of Music, and was responsible for the preparation of La bohème, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Il tabarro, Gianni Schicchi, The Marriage of Figaro and The Dialalogue of the Carmelites. In Italy, she was Master Teacher of Vocal Studies at the Master Campus in Treviso, and Musical Director of Eurobottega, a unique program for young singers of the European Union, with headquarters in Venice and Treviso. The now renowned concert series "Regina Resnik Presents" has become part of the American musical scene. Its most recent production has been a major three-part portrait of the Jewish musical experience, entitled "Colors of the Diaspora."
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 48
    From 1971 until 1981, she distinguished herself as a stage director with Arbit Blatas, the Lithuanian-born painter and sculptor, as designer.
    More Details Hide Details Carmen (Hamburg; which became the film The Dream and the Destiny), Falstaff (Venice, Warsaw, Madrid, Lisbon), The Queen of Spades (Vancouver, Sydney), The Medium and The Bear (Lisbon), Elektra (Venice, Strasbourg, Lisbon) and Salome (Lisbon, Graz). In 1987, Resnik made a transition to the American musical theatre as a singing actress. Her Mrs. Schneider in Cabaret on Broadway earned her a Tony nomination and her Mme.
  • 1964
    Age 41
    Surely among the happiest memories are three comic masterpieces – her Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus, the Marquise in La fille du régiment (with Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti) and her Mistress Quickly in the Bernstein - Zeffirelli Falstaff of 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Fluent, singing in six languages, her multifaceted talent crossed stylistic lines from the classic to the romantic, the Wagnerian to the modern. As the years passed, Resnik developed a steady network of international performances: La Scala, La Fenice, the Paris Opéra (hailed as Carmen), Salzburg, Naples, Vienna, Lisbon, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Munich, Berlin, Brussels, Marseilles, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Chicago, Edinburgh, Santiago and a return to Bayreuth. The Met, however, remained her base and among her triumphs there, was the new Elektra (with Birgit Nilsson and Leonie Rysanek) and The Queen of Spades. Outside the Met, she appeared in works by Poulenc (an unforgettable portrait of the Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites), Menotti (The Medium), Gottfried von Einem (The Visit of the Old Lady), Walton (The Bear), Weill (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny), Britten (The Rape of Lucretia – both Female Chorus and Lucretia) and Barber (her Baroness in Vanessa).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 34
    October, 1957, was the beginning of a long career in London at the Royal Opera House.
    More Details Hide Details Her debut as Carmen was a success and, in time, she was heard as Amneris (Aida), Marina (Boris Godunov), Ulrica (Un ballo in maschera), the Nurse in Die Frau ohne Schatten and the Old Prioress in Dialogues of the Carmelites. In the Zeffirelli - Giulini production of Falstaff, her Mistress Quickly became the model for this role. Carmen, Klytemnestra (Elektra), Mistress Quickly and the Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) became her signature parts. From the French Press – "Hers was the most skillfully inflected Carmen with every nuance of the role and every syllable of her French set forth in a masterly manner. It was also the most beautifully sung performance of the role. From the dramatic standpoint, this was the ideal Carmen – ferocious, sultry, unpredictable; never banal, never vulgar." But with Klytemnestra, Resnik met her greatest challenge – "a dramatic conception that is unforgettable and a vocal prowess without limit."
  • 1956
    Age 33
    On February 15, 1956, she debuted as a mezzo-soprano at the Metropolitan in a brilliant portrayal of Marina in Boris Godunov under Dimitri Mitropoulos.
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  • 1955
    Age 32
    In 1955 she began a year of restudy with the celebrated baritone Giuseppe Danise.
    More Details Hide Details Her first two roles were Amneris in Aida and Laura in La Gioconda.
  • 1953
    Age 30
    In 1953, while singing Sieglinde at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, the conductor Clemens Krauss was to forecast her future, suggesting her voice was actually a mezzo-soprano.
    More Details Hide Details Despite her great success as a soprano, she realized that her entire voice was constantly darkening in color.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 21
    Her debut at the Met was doubly dramatic – on one day's notice she substituted on December 6, 1944, for Zinka Milanov as Leonora in Il trovatore eliciting acclaim from the public, the critics noting that all the vocal "virtuosity" and her stage presence as an actress were very impressive.
    More Details Hide Details During the next decade, she offered twenty heroines: Donna Elvira and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni), Fidelio, Sieglinde (Die Walküre), Gutrune (Götterdämmerung), Chrysothemis (Elektra), Rosalinda and Eboli (Don Carlos), Aida, Alice Ford (Falstaff), Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Musetta (La bohème). She was the Met's first Ellen Orford in Peter Grimes and created Delilah in the world premiere of Bernard Rogers' The Warrior. She then also began a long association with the San Francisco Opera. As for the voice, it was a dramatic soprano which invited comparison with Rosa Ponselle. During these years, her teacher was Rosalie Miller and her life began with the legendary conductors Otto Klemperer, Bruno Walter, George Szell, Fritz Reiner, William Steinberg and Erich Leinsdorf.
    In April 1944 Resnik won the Metropolitan Opera Auditions of the Air, performing "Ernani, involami", and was offered a contract with that company for the 1944/45 season.
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    In the Spring of 1944 she portrayed both Frasquita and Micaela in Georges Bizet's Carmen in the New York City Opera's (NYCO) first season with Dusolina Giannini in the title role.
    More Details Hide Details She was also seen at the NYCO that season as Santuzza in Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana.
  • 1943
    Age 20
    In February and March 1943 she sang Leonore in Fidelio and Micaela in Carmen at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City under Erich Kleiber.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1942
    Age 19
    Resnik made her professional singing debut at the age of 22 on October 27, 1942 giving a recital of art songs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
    More Details Hide Details Just two months later she made her professional opera debut with Fritz Busch's New Opera Company at the Broadway Theatre in Manhattan as Lady Macbeth in Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth with Jess Walters in the title role.
    She began her career as a soprano in 1942 and soon after began a lengthy and fruitful relationship with the Metropolitan Opera that spanned from 1944 until 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Under the advice of conductor Clemens Krauss, she began retraining her voice in the mezzo-soprano repertoire in 1953 and by 1956 had completely removed soprano literature from her performance repertoire. While the Met was Resnik's artistic home, she worked regularly as a guest artist with other major American opera companies and with the top European opera houses, including La Scala, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera, London, the San Francisco Opera, and the Vienna State Opera. After the mid 1980s her performance career transitioned away from opera towards musical theater. In addition to performing, Resnik worked as a stage director at several European opera houses during the 1970s and 1980s; usually in collaboration with her husband, scenic and costume designer Arbit Blatas. She was also highly active as a voice teacher, teaching on the voice faculties of several music conservatories, including the Juilliard School.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Born
    Born on August 30, 1922.
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