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by TifosoBonisolli
11 Mar 2016, 21:22
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Soviet voices
Replies: 15
Views: 6824

Re: Soviet voices

Vinogradov is of course one of the great singers of all times. I also like Ognevoi. Chekin's and Belinnik's singing is rather laboured to my ears. Shutko - could the one of whom you are thinking be Nikolai Pechkovskij? He, too, is certainly worth mentioning on this thread, as well as countless other...
by TifosoBonisolli
11 Mar 2016, 18:18
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Would Leon Escalais survive today?
Replies: 9
Views: 3742

Re: Would Leon Escalais survive today?

This is a confusing question... just as if anything was wrong with Escalaïs, of all people!!! - Escalaïs, who was in fact one of the most perfect singers who ever walked the earth. So if you feel that Escalaïs wouldn't fit into our brave new operatic world (I agree that this seems a quite reasonable...
by TifosoBonisolli
11 Mar 2016, 18:07
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Luciano Pavarotti
Replies: 4
Views: 2037

Re: Luciano Pavarotti

Of course I agree with Pavarotti's self-assessment, and I'm surprised about so much insight from a singer who was neither known for intelligence nor for modesty. Actually, his repertoire didn't reflect the same insight, and I think everybody who heard him as Cavaradossi or, shudder, as Andrea Chénie...
by TifosoBonisolli
02 Mar 2016, 22:28
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.
Replies: 5
Views: 2395

Re: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.

Well, as somebody who is deeply convinced that Vickers has never sung a single beautiful note in his whole life, I'm probably not the right person to answer on this thread. (Just listen to Vickers' acuti, or attempts at acuti, at 2:45 and 3:01 - ouch, just like a dog on whose tail somebody has stepp...
by TifosoBonisolli
25 Feb 2016, 13:26
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Janez Lotric
Replies: 1
Views: 1072

Re: Janez Lotric

I heard Lotrič quite often on stage, in a variety of roles: Cavaradossi, Prophète, Canio, Manrico, Rodolfo, Turiddu, Bacchus spring to my mind, and there has certainly been more. Of the three excerpts that you've posted, his "Pour mon âme" is of course legendary (among his studio recordings, I also ...
by TifosoBonisolli
25 Feb 2016, 12:30
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please
Replies: 3
Views: 1656

Re: Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please

Thank you very much, Geoff.
I'm still hoping for more comments before I chime in...
by TifosoBonisolli
23 Feb 2016, 23:04
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

Besides agreeing with Shutko (Alagna is clearly and easily recognizable even in this misdone recording), I want to ask everybody to please, please stop spreading the myth that modern acoustical recordings, whether by Alagna or Flórez or anybody, might give any hint to the authenticity of the acousti...
by TifosoBonisolli
21 Feb 2016, 11:39
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Top 5 tenors today
Replies: 13
Views: 8514

Re: Top 5 tenors today

Very hard to answer. There's tenors and there's tenors. I will restrain from mentioning tenors based on their appearence and acting skills and only concentrate on their voice. In that case: let's say, Bryan Hymel, Johan Botha, Piotr Beczala (heard him in 2008 ! - don't know if he is any good any lo...
by TifosoBonisolli
17 Feb 2016, 22:06
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please
Replies: 3
Views: 1656

Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please

Please do me a favour and open the following links by right mouse-click, i.e. without viewing them, just listening - don't watch the videos, don't look at the names of the singers, and comment here on the soprano, *before* checking who it is. Also after checking, please don't post the name on this t...