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Originally posted by Barbara:
I'll wait to see what my correspondant turns up.


So probably the best advice at present is to do nothing and see what evidence there is. Then ...

Quote:
Originally posted by Barbara:
The most obvious solution would be for me to subscribe to the mailing list myself


If it's a real listserve - i.e. if it runs on listserv software - then it's quite possible that it has WWW archives that you can look at, like those for opera-l. If that's the case, then you probably wouldn't even need to subscribe - just do a search for barbara paul and see what it comes up with.

(If you do the same in the opera-l archives, by the way - just type barbara paul into the "Search for" box and hit the "Start" button - you turn up quite a few mentions of Caruso, Farrar and co. (only the first one is unfavourable!), with a bit of noise from performances where Barbara Bonney and Paul Plishka appeared together.)

(Footnote to Operatic Jeopardy players - this facility can be quite useful: it solved Jon's Nordica question and Barbara's Jeritza one for me!)