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by LaGioconda
26 May 2018, 17:38
Forum: Opera Vivrà Content
Topic: The Best Recordings of La Traviata
Replies: 2
Views: 3540

Re: The Best Recordings of La Traviata

For me the Callas 1958 live Lisboa with Kraus, the Monteux recording with Carteri and Valletti which is little spoken of, the Ponselle live one, but not unconditionally, Jarmila Novotna with Peerce! and the first Sutherland rec. Decca.
by LaGioconda
06 Oct 2017, 18:07
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: French opera sung by in foreign language
Replies: 2
Views: 2349

French opera sung by in foreign language

as critic Michael Scott put it "a baby born in a stable is not a horse" implying that as in the case of Werther here for example you don´t necessarily have to be French born to catch the style of the music and the essence of the character. I find the Russians to be able to relate to this m...
by LaGioconda
27 Sep 2017, 16:46
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Forooz Razavi, 22-year-old soprano.
Replies: 2
Views: 2421

Re: Forooz Razavi, 22-year-old soprano.

quite a fierce young lady. good to hear a soprano with dramatic potential not only in her temperament, but also in her voice for a change. I see danger coming though, should she continue to rave through the registers so mercilessly on her voice and attack the high notes so wild and recklessly. more ...
by LaGioconda
18 Sep 2017, 06:22
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?
Replies: 10
Views: 5951

Re: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?

Jim,
don´t get me wrong. I have COME to love all of them. - Maybe for Melba it´s more respect than love, though.
Would not want to live without any of them. Just saying, that in their cases, it was a longer process rather than love at first "hearing"... :-)
by LaGioconda
14 Sep 2017, 16:55
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?
Replies: 10
Views: 5951

Re: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?

just throwing in some names which come to my mind on first thought.
Martinelli, De Lucia, Callas, too, Caruso to a certain extent, Melba, Vanni MArcoux.
by LaGioconda
30 Jul 2017, 15:54
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: tenor Keonwoo Kim
Replies: 1
Views: 1587

tenor Keonwoo Kim

Just came across this tenor, who has won Operalia in 2016 among other contests. I hear a lot of promising things, a solid voice, with quite a good balance, vocal stamina, control, but also quite a lack of refinement. What does one hear about him? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AD7kpCPtm0 https://w...
by LaGioconda
17 Jul 2017, 13:14
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Joseph Calleja's Che Gelida at the MET
Replies: 6
Views: 3484

Re: Joseph Calleja's Che Gelida at the MET

Well I wouldn´t say it´s a large voice, but an expansive voice which carries well, also his mezza voce and piani. I agree though, that it doesn´t have a real core, a good focus, a real density, grinta, bite, a natural metallic edge to soar over the orchestra. Thus, I find more dramatic roles problem...
by LaGioconda
17 Jul 2017, 07:32
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Falsi Miti
Replies: 48
Views: 25042

Re: Falsi Miti

I hear regarding Gruberova. She always even in her prime - I heard her from the early 19980s on - was a singer with "Licht und Schatten". Some phrases which would send you to heaven followed by ones in bad taste. She definitely knows how to sing, I think it´s rather her taste of what she t...
by LaGioconda
17 Jul 2017, 07:28
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Joseph Calleja's Che Gelida at the MET
Replies: 6
Views: 3484

Re: Joseph Calleja's Che Gelida at the MET

He´s in good voice here. Has not sounded so good in a lot of stuff I heard in the past two years. Terribly short-breathed, some breath-management issues - inhaling so much air, you see him pumping up his chest in many videos, but the breath lasts for such a short time when he sings - cut off phrases...
by LaGioconda
17 Jul 2017, 07:14
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Hilarious impersonator of Tauber and Chaliapin
Replies: 2
Views: 1777

Re: Hilarious impersonator of Tauber and Chaliapin

The guy could sing!! Never heard of him before. Is there more?