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by Jimlejim
21 Sep 2016, 07:41
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?
Replies: 12
Views: 6762

Who likes Giovanni Martinelli?

I can't stand him. The straight tones are off-putting.. the whole voice sounds like that of a drunken man trying to maintain line. This sounds harsh, but then again, his voice was harsh. I can hear some redeeming qualities in a few recordings, but overall I wonder what people like in him.
by Jimlejim
11 Jul 2016, 06:07
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Christine Deutekom
Replies: 1
Views: 1807

Re: Christine Deutekom

Her coloratura sounds strange, like a warble. What is going on?
by Jimlejim
08 Jul 2016, 23:23
Forum: Opera
Topic: Opera: for the elite or not?
Replies: 9
Views: 5197

Re: Opera: for the elite or not?

If you mean "elite" in the sense that it´s very time consuming to get to know the plot, the music, understand its style and meaning, get to know different recordings, performers, different approaches to different roles - then yes, I would probably agree. The more you know about it - the m...
by Jimlejim
08 Jul 2016, 00:48
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 20255

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

This miking business should get its own thread. Why can't they just build better acoustics? If the likes of Hines and Corelli could not always project in these theaters...
by Jimlejim
07 Jul 2016, 11:41
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Giuseppe Di Stefano
Replies: 7
Views: 3926

Re: Giuseppe Di Stefano

Tibor Udvardy's rendition is not very good and rather boring. The registers aren't quite even and as he ascends he uses MF so it's easier to go to PP, he doesn't quite full voice, and it's unstable already on the attack, with hiccups on every diminuendo. To my ear, he is aware of them and masks them...
by Jimlejim
02 Jul 2016, 18:47
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Salvatore Gioia
Replies: 1
Views: 1567

Salvatore Gioia



Very light and sweet voice. I had never heard of him.
by Jimlejim
01 Jul 2016, 17:30
Forum: Opera
Topic: Opera: for the elite or not?
Replies: 9
Views: 5197

Re: Opera: for the elite or not?

Opera will never be as accessible as musical. It's probably impossible to shake off the idea it's for the elite. It's complex music, it's foreign language for most and even native speakers struggle to understand opera singers due to vowel modification. Opera for the masses is a pipe dream.
by Jimlejim
29 Jun 2016, 18:16
Forum: Opera Vivrà Content
Topic: The aesthetics of Beniamino Gigli's singing
Replies: 3
Views: 2770

Re: The aesthetics of Beniamino Gigli's singing

Great article. I prefer Kraus To Gigli. More refinement, less histrionics.
by Jimlejim
29 Jun 2016, 18:13
Forum: Opera
Topic: Best aria rendition in non-original language?
Replies: 4
Views: 3620

Re: Best aria rendition in non-original language?

Here is one of mine: