Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please

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TifosoBonisolli
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Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please

Post by TifosoBonisolli »

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 thread for the time being, so that a few users can participate in this game. I'm seriously interested in all opinions, objections, criticism, praises, disgust, enthusiasm, whatever, and I wish to exclude the (positive or negative) biases that names inevitably evoke...
In a second phase, I'd love to discuss (with the soprano's name then disclosed, of course) her career in relation to her previously discussed virtues/faults.
Thank you!
And here are the links:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17Wg20m9vTk ("Casta diva...Ah, bello a me ritorna" from Norma)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w52HwG0roEQ (the final scene from Donizetti's Poliuto)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjA3AdakbOM (the final scene from Donizetti's Maria Padilla)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCw_hnwR1kA ("D'un infelice accogliere" from Mercadante's Pelagio)

a57se
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Re: Comments on a (for now anonymous) soprano, please

Post by a57se »

For some reason, sopranos never sound as good as they are on recordings to my ear.
In the opera house you can hear their voices bloom above the staff but I never hear the same on recordings...

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

Post by Geoff »

Well, no one seems to want to play your little game which surprises me. I thought there would be more takers.
Bearing in mind that I have no vocal training other than having been around a good number of years and knowing what I like and don't like, I'll give it a go:
First the Norma. I seem to have been listening to a few Normas lately and I wasn't particularly charmed with this. It was far too slow, not always the singer's fault of course and they have to breathe. As a result this sounded woofy and strained. The voice sounded matronly although I suspect she is younger than I thought. It's a big voice, the high notes were taken quite well - I was waiting for her even vibrato to give me more of a clue but it didn't, not really. Her diction was terrible. 'Casta Diva' came out as 'Costo Duvo' and again I suspect that she is trying mainly to produce a beautiful sound, a la Sutherland (to whom she cannot hold a candle). The second excerpt was better. Her coloratura was good and her high notes were impressive although she tends to throw her voice at them. (The tenor was disastrous.......quite appalling.) She totally dominated the ensemble singing and by this time I was beginning to warm to her.

All in all, I decided on a youngish voice, a big voice, impressive coloratura and decent high notes but a lot of effort is going into it and her career might not be all that long.

In looking to see who it was, I was mildly surprised. Younger than I thought with an impressive list of achievments so far - I had never heard of her and right enough, she puts a lot of physical effort into it. I wish her well but I'm reserving some judgement.
Regards,
Geoff.

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

Post by TifosoBonisolli »

Thank you very much, Geoff.
I'm still hoping for more comments before I chime in...

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