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January 27, 2008 4:25 PM | | Comments (2)



Dear Mr. Rockwell,

I enjoyed reading your entry on Edgar Vincent. I spoke briefly with Mr. Vincent in January regarding research that I'm conducting on Beverly Sills's artistic legacy. He suggested that I contact him again when I had more specific questions. I was hoping to speak with him in the fall. I was deeply saddened to learn of his passing. While I didn't know him personally, I couldn't help but be keenly aware of the vast insight and knowledge that only he possessed.

I'm an associate professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego. While most of my previous research has focused primarily on Peking opera, I'm currently turning my attention to Western opera. One of the topics that I'm pursuing is the critical reception to Miss Sills's performance. At this point, I'm focusing specifically on her portrayal of Donizetti's three queens. I have a feeling that you probably are aware of a specific situation that I'm investigating. I discussed one particular critic's take on Sills's work with Mr. Vincent. He made several intriguing comments which I unfortunately never had a chance to pursue with him.

I'd rather go no further since I am unclear as to whether this message is destined for your private e-mail or for your blog. If you are willing to discuss this subject, please contact me at the above e-mail.

Best wishes,
Nancy Guy, Ph.D.

Hello John,

I feel like an intruder so please forgive my intrusion.

You have written so wonderfully about Edgar Vincent who I wish Beloved Beverly had written more about in her books! He sounds like the "Salt of the Earth" type of person without whom the world is poorer.

I too, loved, adored and worshipped Beverly Sills. Sadly I lived in a 3rd world country called South Africa that thought Beverly Sills was a place to stay in in America so we never got to see her on our TV's until 1981!!!!!Then it was a once off in her televised recording of La Traviata(1976)

Beverly's death has had the most profound effect on me. May I take this opportunity to thank you for enlightening me about Bev's illness and Edgar's frustration with her non compliance of medical procedures!!

I am lucky enough to have qualified for a British Passport and now live in the U.K. and get such a kick out of discovering sites such as yours! Thank you for your very interesting comments about Edgar Vincent!

Kind Regards


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