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by antfreire
12 Jul 2017, 20:24
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Who are your favorite opera singers?
Replies: 11
Views: 5197

Re: Who are your favorite opera singers?

Well, let's do it like this. Who is your best interpreter of an operatic character. Example, to me Bjorling is the best Romeo. Warren is the best Count of Luna, Siepi is my favorite Don Giovanni.
by antfreire
12 Jul 2017, 19:42
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Who are your favorite opera singers?
Replies: 11
Views: 5197

Re: Who are your favorite opera singers?

Why no one ever asks "Who is your favorite Tristan, or Canio, or Rigoletto, or Desdemona, etc? No singer, no matter how good he is/was could have been the best at everything. We all consider Caruso to be the greatest tenor or among them, but how good was he at Guglielmo Tell or at Otello or at Sigfr...
by antfreire
12 Jul 2017, 19:37
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Modern Singing vs. Oldschool Singing - Direct confrontation
Replies: 4
Views: 3055

Re: Modern Singing vs. Oldschool Singing - Direct confrontation

When we say "Old School Singing" we are covering several generations of singers and times when there were many more opera shows than today. If we look for pearls in a thousand oysters we will have a better chance of finding some than if we look for pearls in ten oysters.
by antfreire
12 Jul 2017, 19:24
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Do I have nodules?
Replies: 2
Views: 1089

Re: Do I have nodules?

If I were you I would visit a laryngologist. It could be an irritation of the vocal cords, but no one can tell you with certainty if not a professional of that field of medicine. If it were nodules don't feel bad. Caruso had it and he kept being Caruso.
by antfreire
11 Jul 2017, 18:49
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18358

Re: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing

Perhaps you were not around in the fifties, but I was and I remember the old guys of those days saying the same thing. And in the nineteen century they also repeated it. Remember that Rossini used to say that chest singing would be the end of bell canto. What they had in the old days that we don't h...
by antfreire
15 Feb 2017, 17:01
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?
Replies: 12
Views: 6067

Re: Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?

We would remember him as a very good lirico-spinto tenor had not been for the fact that he was forced to acquire the late Caruso repertoire and in a way make the audience remember the Caruso sound which was totally opposite of Martinelli's. His early recordings made before Caruso's death are very go...
by antfreire
09 Feb 2017, 14:29
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18358

Re: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing

I think the problem with the volume of the voice of certain singers is not so much the singer's voice as the times we are living in. Today there are opera theaters of the size that it would not be thought of in the "good old times" like some people want to call it. Also the orchestras are not of the...
by antfreire
31 Jan 2017, 14:34
Forum: Opera
Topic: Is the Met a suitable venue
Replies: 9
Views: 4364

Re: Is the Met a suitable venue

Of course not. If a singer regardless of the quality of his/her sound lacks the volume to fill an opera theater, let them be a concert singer, but let's not degrade the real operatic art.
by antfreire
16 Apr 2016, 03:57
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Most beautiful obscure voice?
Replies: 23
Views: 10572

Re: Most beautiful obscure voice?

Further "beautiful" tenors that I've omitted from my original list: Luigi Fort, Tomaz Alcaide (another example that it's a long way from a beautiful voice to a great singer), Georgij Vinogradov (one more artist who is certainly not obscure in the former USSR, but far less than well-known anywhere e...
by antfreire
08 Jan 2016, 14:31
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 6614

Re: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?

Rather than voice lessons and singing instructions these videos are Kraus ways of showing off his high notes ability. He should not let the student try for the B flat in "Un trono vicino al sol" because it was abvious that he was not ready for that. But then, it gave Kraus the opportunity to please ...