I've always been wondering... how many of you happen to have a terrible time trying to distinguish opera singers of their respective genders?
I for one have a super hard time to distinguish voices of females; to me they all sound plainly the same! No real difference to recognize them by. Well, the only ones I'd probably really recognize by ear, would be Montserrat Caballé, Renata Tebaldi, Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne. Beside them, nuh-uh.. forget it.
The males on the other hand, I have no troubles identifying each one of them by ear (of course, I'm referring to the ones I know, not the ones who I've not listened to...).
Which also makes me ask this question to those who prefer female opera singers (since I know there are quite a few people around who do): why, especially considering the things I wrote above (I know that those things are subjective, but still... I wouldn't mind elaboration)?