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by Jim
26 Nov 2016, 11:28
Forum: Opera
Topic: Alternative endings to arias & interpolated high notes
Replies: 2
Views: 1390

Re: Alternative endings to arias & interpolated high notes

Alternative endings and indeed alternative tunes and cadenzas are very traditional, only becoming severely restricted in the 19th Century, and for much of the 20th Century forbidden on pain of death or equivalent. Part of the difficulty is that the musical education for performers is very different ...
by Jim
26 Nov 2016, 10:46
Forum: Opera
Topic: Top 3 over-exposed arias
Replies: 6
Views: 1989

Re: Top 3 over-exposed arias

Libiamo, Libiamo, yes definitely. Nasty Doormat (Nessun..), quite. O mio babbino, agreed. La Donna e mobile not so much now but in the past yes. A few others for me are; Quando me n'vo, Largo al factotem, Una furtiva lagrima. I like your choice of favourites Geoff except I am not familiar with the Q...
by Jim
31 Oct 2016, 16:26
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Richest and fattest baritone voices
Replies: 7
Views: 2270

Re: Richest and fattest baritone voices

Not sure what a fat voice is. However, in terms of rich toned baritones here is one. Ettore Bastianini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Vhw_ew4et8 . The bass baritone tendency can be heard in this voice particularly at the beginning which I think contributed to a very rich tone. Maybe fat? Quite a m...
by Jim
30 Oct 2016, 22:40
Forum: Opera
Topic: Why is opera so hard to like?
Replies: 4
Views: 1768

Re: Why is opera so hard to like?

This is a very interesting topic as I also have tried to interest various people in opera with very variable success. In my case I was listening to opera since I was 5 years old. The first opera for me was Gounod's Faust. I still have the records. I also loved Rigoletto, La Traviata and La Boheme. I...
by Jim
21 Aug 2016, 20:01
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Non-Operatic voices
Replies: 9
Views: 3846

Re: Non-Operatic voices

I agree with you Geoff concerning Mario Lanza. Magnificent voice, if slightly raw at the edges and I see nothing wrong in the career path he chose. I think he was due to perform again possibly in Carmen when he passed on. My memory is not what it was. A voice I have always liked is Kenneth McKellar'...
by Jim
21 Aug 2016, 19:40
Forum: Opera
Topic: Opera: for the elite or not?
Replies: 9
Views: 3388

Re: Opera: for the elite or not?

I do not think that trying to get someone interested in opera with standing room or cheap tickets in the recesses of the hall is likely to be productive. Singers are different in their capabilities and halls are different in their requirements (I know, the statement is like teaching my granny to suc...
by Jim
13 Aug 2016, 19:35
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 13619

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

This is a very vexed question. My preference is for singers to be able to sing without amplification. They should certainly be trained to do so. Therefore if a singer sings one performance un-amplified and then cannot sing again as with Andrea Bocelli (even amplified) I very seriously question wheth...
by Jim
02 Aug 2016, 16:58
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Nicolai Gedda
Replies: 6
Views: 3630

Re: Nicolai Gedda

This guy was one of a cast that introduced me to opera in 1955 I think it was when I was only a scrap (I was 5 at the time). The opera was Faust and it was the first mono recording with Jean Borthayre as Valentin. I still have the records and they are nearly worn out at this stage. I heard him sing ...
by Jim
23 Jul 2016, 21:21
Forum: Opera
Topic: Opera: for the elite or not?
Replies: 9
Views: 3388

Re: Opera: for the elite or not?

I agree with a number of points here. I feel that you are perfectly correct La Gioconda opera should never be elite, at least no more so than play going. It has however a number of disadvantages over plays which make it more complex and certainly more costly. An orchestra and conductor being but two...
by Jim
07 Jun 2016, 11:09
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Non-Operatic voices
Replies: 9
Views: 3846

Re: Non-Operatic voices

Not much activity here. Here is another one Gerard Souzay. A wonderful exponent of song with a very clear sound. Reminds me a little bit of Mattia Battistini. Did not sing that much opera.



Jim