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by Jim
11 Dec 2017, 10:42
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Dmitri Hvorostovski
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Re: Dmitri Hvorostovski

Thank you Geoff for the links. While for some reason I could not get them to work (showing up as 'Unavailable') I have tracked down some of them. His performance in the Cardiff Singer competition was nostalgic, for me, to say the least. The voice was young and fresh sounding and throughout the years...
by Jim
05 Dec 2017, 09:22
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Dmitri Hvorostovski
Replies: 5
Views: 1480

Dmitri Hvorostovski

I have been away from this for a while. However I am a little surprised that there is no acknowledgement of the death of Hvorostovski. I was due to hear him for the first, time live this year in Dublin and he had to cancel due to illness. I regret that I will now never have the chance. I do understa...
by Jim
21 Sep 2017, 15:53
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?
Replies: 10
Views: 2727

Re: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?

"Would not want to live without any of them." I agree with this La Gioconda. Indeed with Caruso I have all of his output and do still listen to him frequently. My comments, however, are to indicate that I do not idolise his singing as so many seem to have done in the past. I mentioned some of the re...
by Jim
16 Sep 2017, 17:43
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?
Replies: 10
Views: 2727

Re: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?

I must say I personally like both Martinelli and Melba. De Lucia is definitely and acquired taste. His nineteenth century style and production is not imitated today and would probably not be tolerated. Nevertheless I am fascinated by his style and listen to him more as an excercise in decorated line...
by Jim
06 Sep 2017, 21:18
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?
Replies: 10
Views: 2727

Re: What singers do you consider an acquired taste?

Fischer-Dieskau I do like, but not in Verdi. His sound was rather soft grained and not suitable for Verdi, in my view. i have the same opinion relating to Thomas Hampson. I do not like him in Verdi or Rossini either, but do in Artsong. I suppose I am in a small minority but could never enjoy the sou...
by Jim
31 Jul 2017, 08:36
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: The sexiest historic singers..
Replies: 5
Views: 1813

Re: The sexiest historic singers..

Here it is Geoff. 1948 Pagliacci with Tito Gobbi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6zaZ5vKPDY Whether she could have made a career of it I don't know. I admit I am being a little facetious with this one. The text says 1946 and I would not swear that she is not dubbed but she is said to have started ...
by Jim
30 Jul 2017, 19:32
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: The sexiest historic singers..
Replies: 5
Views: 1813

Re: The sexiest historic singers..

Geoff, you have great taste.

Based on their photographs only I might also suggest Rosa Ponselle and Gina Lollobrigida. The latter did sing in opera and I think she qualifies on the other count.

Jim
by Jim
30 Jul 2017, 19:14
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: tenor Keonwoo Kim
Replies: 1
Views: 738

Re: tenor Keonwoo Kim

I have not heard him until now. Nice voice which, at this stage, lacks recognition quality. I particularly liked his sound in 'A mes amis' where it was less spread sounding. He sings 'Je crois encore' in the modern fashion a bit can belto. I prefer the techniques of Tino Rossi and Alain Vanzo in thi...
by Jim
23 Jul 2017, 18:49
Forum: Opera
Topic: Perhaps not perfect, but funny
Replies: 5
Views: 1848

Re: Perhaps not perfect, but funny

Here is another one, and please it is not about the quality of the singing.
It also looks like Raimondi forgot to bring out his score which becomes obvious later on.



Jim
by Jim
22 Jul 2017, 08:48
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Opinions about Jonas Kaufmann? Now sings Otello
Replies: 3
Views: 1216

Re: Opinions about Jonas Kaufmann? Now sings Otello

I don't know how big his sound, is but a number of people have commented on this. He has sung Wagner in the Met and was definitely miked for the broadcast, but whether this was routed to the auditorium I don't know. His voice could not be that small. He is also a household name with opera fans so he...