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[on switching from light coloratura roles:] It's the same direction, it's just getting into deeper water. I wanted to put it off as long as possible. I kept saying, and it's been quoted so many times, I didn't want to do "Normina. I wanted to do Norma. And Leonora. I didn't want to sound like a soubrette trying to do these things. I've done things like Il Corsaro and La Battaglia di Legnano very ...
insisted that she sing the role of Gilda in "Rigoletto," in its November, 1989, Metropolitan Opera performance, while he sang as the Duke of Mantua. June Anderson said in a 1989 New York Times interview, "You have small-voiced sopranos chirp 'Caro nome' and then they can't be heard. Besides, how many times can you say no to the Met? Their past offers have been either for ...