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by shutko
07 Jan 2016, 08:10
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 31323

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

Tell me a pre-50's tenor who can beat Juan Diego Florez in Rossini... Which roles do you mean? If we are speaking William Tell then there are many examples of tenors who sang Arnold much better than Florez, take Martinelli, Lauri-Volpi, O'Sullivan or Filippeschi (kind of an intermediate). If Florez...
by shutko
06 Jan 2016, 17:24
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Most beautiful obscure voice?
Replies: 23
Views: 17299

Re: Most beautiful obscure voice?

Louis Cazette was once an opera-comique tenor long ago. A very pretty lyric tenor...
by shutko
05 Jan 2016, 23:29
Forum: Opera
Topic: The difference between the most boring and most exciting opera
Replies: 6
Views: 7084

Re: The difference between the most boring and most exciting opera

We all have our small niches. I grew from just listening to veristic and romantic music, to baroque and contemporary operas. If one does not force one self to try new, different things, the opera scene will never again evolve. The most boring operas is however, in my mind, Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots...
by shutko
05 Jan 2016, 23:23
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 31323

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

There is a notable difference between singers pre Caruso and post, particualrly tenors and baritones. Just listen to De Lucia or Battistini and compare them with Caruso or Zenatello or Stracciari and the difference is obvious. But I don't think there is much difference between a singer of the thirt...
by shutko
05 Jan 2016, 21:23
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 31323

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

There's a decline in great singers, that's what I can see. I would love someone to explain some fundamental differences though between both periods, why doesn't a Ponselle or a Pertile come from nowhere today?? From what I noticed with the rapid popularity increase of lieder there is a more emphasis...
by shutko
05 Jan 2016, 18:35
Forum: Opera
Topic: Modern operas
Replies: 11
Views: 7576

Re: Modern operas

Hmmm the one that comes to mind that has received good reviews is Adès' The Tempest, as well as the Birtwhistle operas that keep popping up.
by shutko
05 Jan 2016, 18:30
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?
Replies: 19
Views: 12814

Re: Timbre of Alfredo Kraus: ugly or not?

I think the reason he was so popular in French repertoire is that his timbre appealed to French audiences much more than Italians. But in general no, his timbre was not very pretty and quite nasal, still a wonderful tenor though but the way he compared himself to Schipa was a bit too ambitious. :D :...