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by shutko
03 Mar 2016, 07:14
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: My favorite version of "The flower song" from Carmen.
Replies: 5
Views: 4096

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

I don't think I could choose a favorite, but I always felt Luccioni did a wonderful job as a dramatic Don Jose... especially at the latter half of the aria.
Simandy was also quite a nice surprise, I had not heard him before this.
by shutko
29 Feb 2016, 19:03
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Tenor Andrew Owens
Replies: 36
Views: 25058

Re: Tenor Andrew Owens

Andrew Owens is scheduled to sing the title role in Aureliano in Palmira at Caramoor NY July 16th - one performance only, along with Georgia Jarman and Tamara Mumford. I was hoping for Bogdan Mihai and never heard of Owens so I decided not to even consider it. Now this conversation changes my mind ...
by shutko
24 Feb 2016, 19:27
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What's the best voice you've heard live?
Replies: 14
Views: 9287

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

Orestes wrote:Not easy - but Bryn Terfel - before he tried Hans Sachs and Wotan was pretty solid.
I was a fan of Bryn Terfel as an art song artist, he performed english songs very well... it's a shame what has happened to him though, he definitely seems more concerned about his money than his voice.
by shutko
23 Feb 2016, 06:31
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

Some years ago, Roberto Alagna recorded some stuff by way of an acoustic horn. The difference in sound is pretty apparent....that's why it's not too fair to judge artists of the "scream into the horn" generation by their not-quite-accurate recordings. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcfZl...
by shutko
20 Feb 2016, 20:33
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Top 5 tenors today
Replies: 13
Views: 12779

Re: Top 5 tenors today

Hymel needs work, but he would be on my list surely. He was adequate last time I heard him, hopefully he has improved...
by shutko
17 Feb 2016, 19:14
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

Was this mentioned above? --> there was a documentary made in the UK with Villazon at the helm, and in that video he records his voice on gramophone technology and the results are very telling. While it didn't hide all his flaws, it did make his voice astonishingly more clarion and chiaroscuro when...
by shutko
12 Feb 2016, 17:18
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Joseph Calleja
Replies: 7
Views: 5295

Re: Joseph Calleja

He reminds me of Giuseppe Morino, with a smaller tighter voice...
by shutko
07 Feb 2016, 22:24
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: What's the best voice you've heard live?
Replies: 14
Views: 9287

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

This is particularly evident on recordings if one were to look up 'Fisichella' on youtube, they aren't the most flattering performances by modern standards (modern being with conductor direction rather than singer). They are definitely filled with merit, however, as the good performances are perform...
by shutko
05 Feb 2016, 20:25
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Webster Booth
Replies: 5
Views: 3710

Re: Webster Booth

Yes, you knew exactly what I meant in the previous post and I agree about translation being a big hassle. However, it does allow for a translator to participate and offer their own rendition of the libretto, making certain phrases stand out in the text that the original had intended elsewhere. That ...
by shutko
05 Feb 2016, 00:19
Forum: Opera Singers
Topic: Webster Booth
Replies: 5
Views: 3710

Re: Webster Booth

To tell you the truth I have a hard time analyzing english singers especially when singing in english. I always thought Nash had a very accessible timbre. I also just remembered that Booth sang an aria from one of my favorite seldom heard operas - Boughton's Immortal Hour. I can definitely hear a di...