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by Jim
03 Mar 2017, 09:04
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Solomon Kromckenko
Replies: 13
Views: 3745

Re: Solomon Kromckenko

I hit the submit button too quickly.
Vlamgat is there anymore you could tell us about him?

Jim
by Jim
03 Mar 2017, 09:01
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Solomon Kromckenko
Replies: 13
Views: 3745

Re: Solomon Kromckenko

Good on you Geoff you have done it again. I see many of the usual suspects have responded to this. When something interesting comes up there is still a little life here. I was particularly taken with the artfullness of the 'Song of the young Gipsy'. It is not the type of sound I am overly familiar w...
by Jim
14 Feb 2017, 14:28
Forum: Opera
Topic: Is the Met a suitable venue
Replies: 9
Views: 3002

Re: Is the Met a suitable venue

I had a feeling that the question of the microphone would arise. It is happening whether we like it or not and not happening when on occasion it might help. My problem with this has nothing to do with the performance in theatre (the american spell checker is driving me nuts). Some sound engineers an...
by Jim
12 Feb 2017, 18:05
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Nicolai Gedda
Replies: 6
Views: 3737

Re: Nicolai Gedda

At the age of 91 Harry Gadda passed away possibly on 8th January. He must be one of the last singers from a golden age of tenors. A voice of some weight with an unusually easy top. I heard him once live in concert and it was a revelation in vocal interpretation.

Jim
by Jim
30 Jan 2017, 12:48
Forum: Opera Vivrà Content
Topic: Should we keep performing the same old operas so often?
Replies: 2
Views: 1214

Re: Should we keep performing the same old operas so often?

Of course we should. They are the cash cows and people want to hear them!!! There is little interest in the modern equivalent. This music seems to be written more for academics as an intellectual excercise than actual people. I would struggle to categorise much of it as music, but that depends on th...
by Jim
29 Jan 2017, 16:49
Forum: Opera
Topic: Is the Met a suitable venue
Replies: 9
Views: 3002

Is the Met a suitable venue

I was listening to Rossini's 'Barber of Seville' last night on the internet from the Met. I nearly turned it off part way through but listened to the bitter end. I am particularly fond of this work but what came across to me over the broadband was a performance which was ponderous and with a lot of ...
by Jim
14 Jan 2017, 09:59
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: The golden thread of Italian lyrical singing
Replies: 7
Views: 2259

Re: The golden thread of Italian lyrical singing

Ugo Benelli was largely instrumental is resurrecting Rossinian singing in the modern era. I met him some years ago when he was still singing character parts. He was I think the first to record 'Cessa di piu resistere etc.' which was usually cut at the end of Barbiere, even though its twin in Ceneren...
by Jim
13 Jan 2017, 08:27
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Giorgio Zancanaro
Replies: 5
Views: 1765

Re: Giorgio Zancanaro

Very fine baritone. I seem to remember he was a late comer to singing. Did he not start off as something like a postman? He does not seem to have been in the public eye as much as some others. It has to be said that baritones have the same problem as women singers. There is an abundance of them and ...
by Jim
03 Dec 2016, 12:08
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Mezza Voce
Replies: 10
Views: 4423

Re: Mezza Voce

A topic like this is fraught with all sorts of dangers. There are as many opinions as there are people. However is this what you mean?



Piotr Beczala also uses this technique occasionally and it is considered, for some reason, typically french.

Jim
by Jim
27 Nov 2016, 15:45
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Russell Oberlin
Replies: 0
Views: 1206

Russell Oberlin

Died yesterday at the are of 88. By my understanding he was a genuine counter tenor or haute contre or male alto as opposed to a falsettist. He sang in full voice. There has been a lot of controversy about his voice and it is certainly an acquired taste. We do not know, these days, what to do with t...