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by Jimlejim
05 Jan 2016, 22:52
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 5152

Re: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?

Kraus had a technique much of his own. He tried to place his voice behind his nose and make use of the resonance there. He did not produce a decent singer throughout his career of singing teacher which make me believe that, as Corelli once said, "I don't agree with the way he sings, but it has done...
by Jimlejim
05 Jan 2016, 21:01
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 14768

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

Can of worms.
by Jimlejim
05 Jan 2016, 14:01
Forum: Opera
Topic: Modern operas
Replies: 11
Views: 3313

Modern operas

Another thing I rarely hear anyone talking about: operas composed after, say, 1950. Does anyone like or love operas composed in the last 70 years or so? Are there great, underrated modern operas out there?
by Jimlejim
05 Jan 2016, 12:54
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 5152

Re: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?

I saw Kraus live at the Lyric Opera in Chicago in 1983 and was very impressed. He did not have the resonance of the good Italian and other Spanish tenors but it was not an ugly voice. He was heard very well in all areas of the house and he had a way of opening his voice up in the upper register tha...
by Jimlejim
05 Jan 2016, 07:41
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Most beautiful obscure voice?
Replies: 23
Views: 8666

Most beautiful obscure voice?

Most people will mention very obvious names, known for their sweet and beautiful voice, such as Beniamino Gigli. So what singers can you name that barely anyone knows who have a beautiful voice? My vote goes to to tenor José Mojica. He was actually pretty well known and played in movies, but I don't...
by Jimlejim
04 Jan 2016, 15:13
Forum: Comments, Suggestions & Bugs
Topic: Congrats on launching the forum!
Replies: 8
Views: 3604

Congrats on launching the forum!

It looks awesome! I'm getting that old Grandi Tenori feel again!
by Jimlejim
04 Jan 2016, 15:11
Forum: Opera
Topic: The difference between the most boring and most exciting opera
Replies: 6
Views: 2777

The difference between the most boring and most exciting opera

It seems like it's a common myth that people who love opera or classical music, love all of it. We opera lovers know that's obviously the case. So what's the difference between your most beloved and most disliked opera? :?: Case in point, Dr. Kurtzman's aticle "Anything but Wagner": http://www.opera...
by Jimlejim
04 Jan 2016, 12:57
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 5152

Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?

I've often heard from people that they find his timbre ugly, only willing to admit he was a great technician or elegant singer. I don't understand this. Even his voice isn't the prettiest, a good friend told me that Kraus sounded phenomenal live and I so I suspect it was a voice for the theater. Nev...