After belting out the final high "C" of her final New York farewell recital, Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh stepped off the stage only to be greeted by the legendary Licia Albanese with an invitation to sing in Madame Albanese's Puccini Foundation Gala. So, after ten minutes in retirement, Madame Vera re-emerged but only for guest appearances in New York, not recitals! So, then came a French Operette Gala with L'Opera Français de New York in which Madame was the sensational guest star. Then an avalanche of protests arrived on what Madame refers to as "she-mail", begging her to reconsider. Why should her loyal home fans be deprived of what the rest of the world was still being granted? "But", she asked, "hasn't New York heard enough Vera?": The reviews answered:
Sleepless nights followed. Visions of all the fans locked out of the three sold-out final farewells haunted her hairnet. The new Modern Music Parody, such an audience hit, heard once then buried? The Rossini she had just touched upon, and the Lehar and Massenet, Dvorak and Faure planned but never programmed due to time constraints - lost to New York? The Madama Butterfly begging for Madame's mature treatment ...never revived? Finally a note arrived from Symphony Space: "Tell Madame to banish all thoughts of retirement. She is in the prime of her life. And Voice. We are holding May 27 - 30, 2009 for Madame's 21st Annual Farewell Recitals." And so....
"Oh, Mme. Vera, say it isn't so! Who would want to live without an annual dose of such commitment and comedy? ...amazing versatility!" -
Theatre Scene.net 3/22/06
"Madame Vera ...showed once again that she has earned her cult following by espousing traditional operatic values: the ability to create a character, engage an audience, and, yes, sing well (Mr. Siff has a mean falsetto.)!"
The New York Times 4/9/06
Madame and Maestro ("Inspired Accompanist!" Opera News) in their tribute to 20th Century experimental vocal music.
"A brilliant comic creation on the order of Dame Edna. But given Siff's mastery of legato phrasing and incredible ability to spin out sustained pianissimi, the vocalism is both highly instructive and genuinely moving."
Time Out New York
May 27 - 29 - 30, 2009
AT 8 P.M.
WITH MAESTRO SERGIO ZAWA AT THE PIANO
AT THE LEONARD NIMOY THALIA
(PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE)
Broadway at West 95th Street
at Symphony Space Box Office (212) 864-5400
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