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Cora I knew personally, she studied with the same teacher as I did, the very respected Jan Keizer. There was an audition I attended with her as one of the judges. Mind you she studied with J Keizer for over twenty years, praising him. then they had a fall out and Jan was a lousy man and teacher. Unbeknownst to me, I announced myself in Dutch and stated I study with Jan Keizer. apparently her thumb went down.
I sang the prologue from I Pagliacci and Pieta rsipetto amore from Macbeth both with a interpolated High A. The pianist said, they may as well pick you as the winner. When I told Jam\n Keizer, he appologized, he had no clue Cora was a judge.
The wonders of performong at auditions.
I have the pleasure of having known Wiebke for a very long time. She studied for a while with Marianne Blok, whom I was engaged to at that time. Walking in Utrecht late in the evening Wiebke and Marianne would try for the high noted and then busrted out into non piu mesta.
Wiebke went on making a career for herself and now we just have nice chats