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Thread: Your top 10 sopranos EXCLUDING the most hyped ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vronsky View Post
    I have only four:

    Christine Brewer
    Jessye Norman
    Barbara Hannigan
    Zinka Milanov
    My biases are well known by now and it is nice to see at least one of them supported! I have to wonder how Barbara Hannigan would be rated if she sang more of the standard repertoire but, to my knowledge, the only such roles she has sang over recent years are Pelleas et Melisande, Lulu and Donna Anna in Don Giovanni. Next year she will be doing Stravinsky's Rake's Progress ... but as conductor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    1) Beverly Sills
    2) Mirella Freni
    3) Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
    4) Kiri Te Kanawa
    5) Victoria De Los Angeles
    6) Frederica Von Stade
    7) Anna Moffo

    Those are probaby the only ones outside of the "off limits" list that I can say I distinctly know their voice enough to give a preference. Even Moffo is pushing it a little bit, but I have a ten disc boxed set of hers that I'm sure I'll enjoy once I spend more time listening to it
    I'm going to tack two more names on to my list

    8) Katia Ricciarelli: she's on several of the early Verdi recordings conducted by Lamberto Gardelli, and she does a lovely job of it.
    9) Angela Gheorgieu: Not fond of diva attitudes, but I've really enjoyed the couple of opera videos she's done and look forward to watching more of her

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonata View Post
    I'm going to tack two more names on to my list

    8) Katia Ricciarelli: she's on several of the early Verdi recordings conducted by Lamberto Gardelli, and she does a lovely job of it.
    9) Angela Gheorgieu: Not fond of diva attitudes, but I've really enjoyed the couple of opera videos she's done and look forward to watching more of her
    She did, but she not very exciting in voice type, it's like a fast food chain, all taste the same.
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    Just joking, I love this one:


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    Quote Originally Posted by lluissineu View Post
    Just joking, I love this one:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    I am proud that 3 of my sopranos are still alive, one of them ( Fleming) is still singing..... but I had to make my list longer than 10 to include them, so I guess I cheated. Don't kick me out.
    New concert in Amsterdam, August 2017.
    Tickets in the pocket.
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    Sandrine Piau and Patrizia Ciofi are some of my favorites. I really like light lyric sopranos. (Especially if they can do coloratura)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ainsley View Post
    Sandrine Piau and Patrizia Ciofi are some of my favorites. I really like light lyric sopranos. (Especially if they can do coloratura)!
    I do think her voice is way past prime, good actress though.
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    I also really like Gemma Bertagnolli, Simone Kermés, and Sylvia McNair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    In no particular order...

    Mirella Freni
    Kiri Te Kanawa
    Anna Netrebko
    Cheryl Studer
    Deborah Voigt
    Karita Mattila
    Ruth Ann Swenson
    Sumi Jo
    Barbara Frittoli
    Alessandra Marc
    Sorry, not Barbara Frittoli (whom I actually don't like much at all); the soprano I meant to put there was Carol Vaness. I also should have put June Anderson on my list.
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    Birgit Nilsson
    Cheryl Studer
    Gundula Janowitz
    Lucia Popp
    Mirella Freni
    Barbara Hendricks
    Edita Gruberova
    Kathlen Battle
    Sabine Devieilhe
    Irmgard Seefried

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