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by LaGioconda
02 Feb 2016, 16:45
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What's the best voice you've heard live?
Replies: 14
Views: 9290

Re: What's the best voice you've heard live?

I guess that would have to be Ramey in his prime, definitely some phrases of Gruberova. Christoff, though very late in his career. A very late Bergonzi concert - as late as 2000 as a matter of fact. Not so much the voice as the spell of a singer. He sang a "Ah si ben mio" which made time s...
by LaGioconda
02 Feb 2016, 16:40
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Ever changed your mind on a singer rec versus live?
Replies: 8
Views: 5204

Re: Ever changed your mind on a singer rec versus live?

Calleja for me. Wasn´t really impressed after his first two recitals. Live the voice carries exceptionally well and the narrow vibrato lessens a little in the house, though I don´t mind it in general. Nice warm and expansive sound - though the musical interpreter is a different story....
by LaGioconda
02 Feb 2016, 16:35
Forum: Historic Opera Singers - Lebendige Vergangenheit
Topic: Lotte Schoene
Replies: 1
Views: 2053

Re: Lotte Schoene

Thank you for mentioning Lotte SChöne. - One of my BIG loves. A firm and lovely voice with a great deal of charm and a great singer! So many fine recordings - actually have not heard yet a single bad one. Among my favourites are:
by LaGioconda
15 Jan 2016, 12:30
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Meta Seinemeyer
Replies: 2
Views: 2245

Re: Meta Seinemeyer

What a marvellous and gifted singer Seinemeyer was. Fuller-voiced and definitely more spinto than Rethberg. At times a little stiff at the top, but that´s part of the German vocal tradition and I believe was exaggerated in the recording studio. Her "Tu che le vanità" is a great recording -...
by LaGioconda
10 Jan 2016, 14:43
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Marcelo Alvarez - how he changed
Replies: 3
Views: 2969

Re: Marcelo Alvarez - how he changed

Dec. 2014...

What would be suitable for him, he´s no longer able to sustain.......
by LaGioconda
10 Jan 2016, 14:32
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Falsi Miti
Replies: 48
Views: 35520

Falsi Miti

Which historic singers do you find overrated in relation to the stardom they enjoyed at the times of their careers and their legend-status now?

Which famous singers had great careers you cannot quite relate to?

And why?
by LaGioconda
10 Jan 2016, 10:36
Forum: Opera
Topic: The French School
Replies: 1
Views: 1736

The French School

After Louis Cazette was mentioned in another post, I was wondering. WWII meant a considerable change in the operatic world. The national "schools of singing" diminished, but none so much as the French singing tradition. After the War there were still some great French singers, Vanzo probab...
by LaGioconda
09 Jan 2016, 12:08
Forum: Singing & Singing Technique
Topic: Pre-50's versus post-50's singing
Replies: 43
Views: 31325

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

Nonde wrote:Tell me a pre-50's tenor who can beat Juan Diego Florez in Rossini...
Fernando De Lucia, Giovanni Manurita, De Muro Lomanto, Dino Borgioli, Cesare Valletti, etc and then there are the Tells...
by LaGioconda
09 Jan 2016, 12:04
Forum: Opera
Topic: Beyond tradition
Replies: 6
Views: 5195

Re: Beyond tradition

Dreadful. I am always standing room up at the "loggione" where you get a good impression of the singers, but don´t have a good view. Fortunately - one must say for large part of the new productions....
by LaGioconda
09 Jan 2016, 12:00
Forum: Opera
Topic: Celso Albelo
Replies: 3
Views: 3359

Re: Celso Albelo

That was back in 2006 or earlier. Even back then I find his upper range rather forced and not really "cleanly" sung. Heard him as Duca in September 2015 (Calleja had cancelled...) and was really dissappointed. VERY approximative singing and effortful singing. A sloppy "Parmi veder le ...