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Old 25th Jul 2017, 01:43
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Who is you favorite opera singer?

My top 3 alternates but Cecilia Bartoli is simply amazing






https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDeF...=RD-Hlk8EDA02M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4It...DA02M&index=11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MugX...DA02M&index=12

And yes, classical music and opera should be part of the 14 EASA ATPL exams.
Its a lot more useful and interesting.
I vote we replace polar grid navigation with Opera aria's.

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Old 25th Jul 2017, 03:14
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While I prefer lyric sopranos, that lady can surely sing.
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The Phantom

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Old 25th Jul 2017, 08:34
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Bartoli is good, but for me this is the definitive version of voi che sapete:
https://youtu.be/o7y3_SZqNi4?t=48
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Sutherland, Caballe, Horne, Pavarotti. Some Callas.
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There are probably some very good opera singers - problem is there is just no good opera.
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There are probably some very good opera singers - problem is there is just no good opera.
You've never heard Norma, Aida, Boheme, Traviata, Turandot to name a few.
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Yup, have.
What can I say?
Don't like rap either, but that's not really music although equally unintelligible.
Like D'oyly Carte, but that's got humour.
Didn't Sarah Brighteyes only really become popular when she started doing catchy stuff with the blind Italian guy?
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I used to not like it at all except for some of the music. I then started following the libretto printed in Italian and English in the booklet that came with the CD. THats when I came to love it and understand it.
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I don't like opera, which is probably in common with some who attend performances, and are only there because they want to appear highbrow.

Don't like ballet either. The above caveat applies!
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"I have attended operas, whenever I could not help it, for fourteen years now; I am sure I know of no agony comparable to the listening to an unfamiliar opera. I am enchanted with the airs of "Travatore" and other old operas which the hand-organ and music-box have made entirely familiar to my ear. I am carried away with delightful enthusiasm when they are sung at the opera. But, oh, how far between they are! And what long, arid, heartbreaking and headaching "between-times" of that sort of intense but incoherent noise which always so reminds me of the time the orphan asylum burned down."

Mark Twain.
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Her, here, live, with her husband conducting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2sn...DXhF9d&index=3

If you wish to discover her versatility, look to past Dresden Advent Konzert and to performances with Netrobko and Horosovsky.
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In opera, there is always too much singing.
- Claude Debussy


Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera.
- James Stephens
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If you want to sleep then Max Richter's your man.
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so many difficult choice ....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP1HS1_ZCLk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=832M0B3X6Lg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuSiuMuBLhM
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What a delight to be auto-clicked from the OP's link to Fleming and Bartoli together. I have suffered serious hearing damage in the last few months, but can still enjoy either side of the Mezzo Soprano range. They seem to really work well together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLtq...=RD-Hlk8EDA02M

The thing about Cecilia singing Vivaldi is that a lot of his original composition still exists and a singer is expected to hit every nano-quaver that the aged pen describes.

If you can lay hands on it, find 'The Making Of' which are often so good, of Cecilia making the Vivaldi CD. The warmth of the Stereo on the VHF tape is so good I found I didn't much like the CD when it arrived.

She made the program with Hugh Canning and a lot of the subject matter was about the Castrato range. A mezzo soprano handles that well.

This is a cut from one of the program's out-takes. Poor old Farinelli was supposed to be one of the infants erm, modified, to keep their high range but it seems he did okay for himself off-duty.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuSiuMuBLhM

I can't find the Hugh Canning film or the piece I'm talking about. I'll be searching my boxes for the VHS NOW.

I intend to slip away from this life listening to Cecilia morning the lifeless child in her arms. Never has a piece of music moved me so much.

What is so telling is that during the Making Of, the producer/conductor says, Cecilia, that was very, very good, but there was one note in bar . . .

ONE NOTE out of Vivaldi's millions of notes? I don't think I breathed for the whole piece.
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Poor old Farinelli was supposed to be one of..........
LR I have been told the old LP is better those cd's
Castrato range was the in thing once, I am glad I do not have an operatic voice I do not fancy the operation
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Long ago, in a then small town named after the Revolutionary War American general, Anthony Wayne, there lived a cobbler. Mr Moffo's cobblery was on the southern side of the Lancaster Pike so it was definitely a humble place. His daughter became quite a well known opera singer.
Here she is in what was arguably her greatest role, with the immortal Bergonzi.
There are a couple of people still living in Wayne who can remember her.

I wonder when someone will attempt a comparison between Callas, the Diva herself and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. It would be impossible, as Rigoletto must have
thought, in Italian, to gilda da lily.

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