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Thread: Which professional contralto would you consider to be the best you have ever heard?

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    The best contralto, to my ears anyway, is/was/ever shall be Kathleen Ferrier.

    However, my favourite contralto is, of course, Mrs Pat.

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    Marga Höffgen for me, amazing!

    By the way I find contraltos have a lot more musicality ( general music understanding and a gift to transfer it to their listeners ) compared to other voices.
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    Anna Larsson! Perhaps it's me being a Swede (duh), but she certainly has one of the truly great voices of our time. Her performance of Mahler's 3rd with Abbado and the Lucerne Festival Orchestra is wonderful beyond words!
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    Quote Originally Posted by helenora View Post
    Marga Höffgen for me, amazing!

    By the way I find contraltos have a lot more musicality ( general music understanding and a gift to transfer it to their listeners ) compared to other voices.


    Marga Hoeffgen "Agnus Dei" J. S. Bach

    I knew I forgot something yesterday....stunning voice.
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    Never mind. Deleted post.
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    If we're not distinguishing between contraltos and mezzo-sopranos I'd choose Cecilia Bartoli in her earlier years, when she was still a musician as opposed to a show pony.

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    Another mezzo who I believe can hold her own with contraltos is Vesselina Katsarova:
    "The opera is never more enjoyed than by a music lover who is incapable of criticism from lack of musical knowledge." --Delores Bacon (Operas Every Child Should Know)

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    Ewa Podleś: "Urlicht" - Mahler
    This is contra alto for sure.
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    Ewa Podles:






    I can provide an analysis if you all need me to. She is the closest to the 17th and 16th century true "Contralto extraordinaire" that we will get in this era: Such a wonderfully imbued sound; vocally beautiful and distinguishable yet, NOT musically daft like her contemporaries.
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