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by TifosoBonisolli
17 Apr 2016, 20:49
Forum: Opera
Topic: Is Lamento di Federico written in "standard Italian"?
Replies: 7
Views: 4622

Re: Is Lamento di Federico written in "standard Italian"?

Oh well, he doesn't sing a French "r" - he's just unable to roll his r properly. That's a physical problem, you might call it a speech impediment, which is not uncommon, even in Italy (ha la erre moscia, they say of such people in Italian). Among opera singers, Cesare Siepi is the most striking exam...
by TifosoBonisolli
17 Apr 2016, 20:40
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Javier Camarena
Replies: 3
Views: 1893

Re: Javier Camarena

Since I've heard Camarena, Flórez and Kraus on stage, it's easy enough to compare them. Camarena has the best natural voice by far of the three, much rounder and warmer and above all, much larger than the two others. He is also the only one among them who has a sense of humour and can be really funn...
by TifosoBonisolli
30 Mar 2016, 00:30
Forum: Opera
Topic: Is Lamento di Federico written in "standard Italian"?
Replies: 7
Views: 4622

Re: Is Lamento di Federico written in "standard Italian"?

Yes, definitely. It's beautiful, straight standard Italian. What's causing your doubt?
by TifosoBonisolli
20 Mar 2016, 18:24
Forum: Opera
Topic: The best vocal match up in duets
Replies: 7
Views: 5383

Re: The best vocal match up in duets

Great idea for a thread indeed! For an excellent duet recording, harmony between the two singers (and their timbres) is perhaps even more important than faultless singing of every single note. That's why great duet recordings are sometimes made by people who are only average singers on most of their...
by TifosoBonisolli
20 Mar 2016, 17:11
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 18150

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

So you're saying current modern techniques sound clear to us, but actually there is a lot of distortion and enhancement? Distortion no, but lots of enhancement, and much more than that - all that piecing together, from umpteen trials, one acceptable version that the singer in question would never e...
by TifosoBonisolli
20 Mar 2016, 16:02
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Most underrated singers
Replies: 7
Views: 3353

Re: Most underrated singers

Geoff, I absolutely agree about Dallapozza. He didn't spring to my mind since he was really a big star at the Vienna Volksoper, but you're certainly right that he was underrated anywhere else. I saw him often on stage, and he was definitely the best Rodolfo in Bohème that I have ever heard or will e...
by TifosoBonisolli
18 Mar 2016, 20:48
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: 40 singers under 40
Replies: 1
Views: 1005

Re: 40 singers under 40

Thank you for posting this, Jim - very interesting, most of those singers have been unknown to me. Of the female singers, I've only read the names so far: from live experiences, I know Bonitatibus, who is definitely not a "great" young singer (her voice is exiguous on the edge of being inaudible, he...
by TifosoBonisolli
14 Mar 2016, 21:36
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Soviet voices
Replies: 15
Views: 6824

Re: Soviet voices

As I said, Pechkovskij was a famous and excellent Otello. If you're thinking of more recent singers, Vladislav Piavko would be a good bet.
by TifosoBonisolli
12 Mar 2016, 13:14
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Most underrated singers
Replies: 7
Views: 3353

Re: Most underrated singers

I forgot actually the one who was probably the single most underrated singer of all times... difficult to remember when thinking about opera singers: contralto Bally Prell. She needs a bit of explanation: she was in fact a huge star - in the narrow field of Bavarian folk music, where she attracted c...
by TifosoBonisolli
11 Mar 2016, 21:47
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Most underrated singers
Replies: 7
Views: 3353

Re: Most underrated singers

Although I'm most grateful for the two sopranos (I knew neither of them), I have to say that they don't convince me. Both are pretty sharp-voiced, Renzi even terribly so. I fully agree with the nomination of d'Alessio, who was a sorely underrated world-class tenor and a thousand times better than lo...