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by TifosoBonisolli
17 Oct 2016, 14:18
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Richest and fattest baritone voices
Replies: 7
Views: 3314

Re: Richest and fattest baritone voices

Well, I'm not specifically into the "rich & fat" type of baritone voice. But if only such baritones (instead of "noble & slender") are required, what about the following (apart from Herlea, Ruffo and Bechi, on whose qualities I concur)? In alphabetical order: - Richard Bonelli, https://www.youtube.c...
by TifosoBonisolli
16 Oct 2016, 23:28
Forum: Opera
Topic: Least musically boring opera overall?
Replies: 16
Views: 10345

Re: Least musically boring opera overall?

While I'd probably have Rigoletto, Ballo and Trovatore on my list, as well, here are five operas beyond your list that never bore me:
- Jevgenij Onegin
- Simon Boccanegra
- Lucia di Lammermoor
- Cavalleria rusticana
- L'italiana in Algeri
by TifosoBonisolli
30 Sep 2016, 11:34
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: A difficult profession
Replies: 2
Views: 1926

Re: A difficult profession

So sorry, but to be frank, I'm underwhelmed. Too wobbly for my ears, the upper register too darkly covered, the lower too weak.
by TifosoBonisolli
10 Jul 2016, 22:14
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Giuseppe Di Stefano
Replies: 7
Views: 3535

Re: Giuseppe Di Stefano

Ah, by the way, I forgot one more remarkable version of this difficult aria - and it IS on Youtube: hear Tengiz Zaalishvili in Russian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WgO8QgWErU Admittedly, there is a bit too much forte singing here (really not overloud, though), and I wish he had sung more diminu...
by TifosoBonisolli
10 Jul 2016, 21:53
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Giuseppe Di Stefano
Replies: 7
Views: 3535

Re: Giuseppe Di Stefano

Let's set a few things straight. Jim, you can't have listened to the version I've linked to; perhaps you've listened to Udvardy's later live (or TV?) version that's also on Youtube, and rather unsuccessful indeed. Tibor Udvardy was not a very good singer, and that's putting it mildly; he had a voice...
by TifosoBonisolli
08 Jul 2016, 00:27
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18151

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

Ah yes! And as far as Flórez, you don't obvously know the recording (made from the auditorium) of his first Duca di Mantova, sung in Lima, where the audience heard him chat during the overture because somebody had by mistake already switched on his microphone while he still sat in his dressing room....
by TifosoBonisolli
08 Jul 2016, 00:22
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18151

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

You're right about people damaging their credibility by making unsubstantiated statements. For example, there are actually more than just a few who claim that Santa Claus doesn't really exist. Nothing could be farther from truth! Actually, I met him personally last December at my local shopping mall...
by TifosoBonisolli
06 Jul 2016, 10:51
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Giuseppe Di Stefano
Replies: 7
Views: 3535

Re: Giuseppe Di Stefano

Does a prettier rendition exist? :o A "prettier" rendition, that's difficult to answer because "pretty" is entirely a subjective notion. There are, however, many many *better* renditions. Admirable as the beauty of di Stefano's young voice is, this is far indeed from breathing the extremely difficu...
by TifosoBonisolli
06 Jul 2016, 09:55
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18151

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

No doubt that you've heard him well, aulusagerius. The question, however, is whether you'd have heard him well (or heard him at all, in fact) if they had switched off his microphone... Operatic singing, not only pre-50's but even pre-80's, once meant filling a given space (a theater or an open-air v...
by TifosoBonisolli
27 Jun 2016, 09:39
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Solomon Kromckenko
Replies: 13
Views: 5316

Re: Solomon Kromckenko

For what it's worth, I, too, love Khromchenko. But I'm afraid we're just about the last two people who still have a look into this forum, at least occasionally. If we like to discuss our favorite singers, we might as well do so by email....