View Poll Results: Favorite Santuzza

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  • Santuzza nº 1

    0 0%
  • Santuzza nº 2

    4 57.14%
  • Santuzza nº 3

    1 14.29%
  • Santuzza nº 4

    0 0%
  • Santuzza nº 5

    2 28.57%
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Thread: Opera Wars: Santuzza

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    Default Opera Wars: Santuzza

    It's not because I opened the thread about Dalilas, but I do think this kind of thread is a good opportunity to listen without prejudices, and just select our favorite interpretation without being conditioned by any names.... unless, of course, we identify the singer.

    So let's try again. This time, I've selected a more familiar piece for everyone, I hope. It's Santuzza's aria from Cavalleria Rusticana, "Voi lo sapete, o mamma".

    This is the italian libretto:

    Voi lo sapete, o mamma,
    Prima d'andar soldato,
    Turiddu aveva a Lola
    Eterna fè giurato.
    Tornò, la seppe sposa;
    E con un nuovo amore
    Volle spegner la fiamma
    Che gli bruciava il core:
    M'amò, l'amai.
    Quell'invidia d'ogni delizia mia,
    Del suo sposo dimentica,
    **** di gelosia...
    Me l'ha rapito...
    Priva dell'onor mio rimango:
    Lola e Turiddu s'amano,
    Io piango, io piango!


    As Santuzza tessitura is very central, both sopranos and mezzos have been singing the role since the premiere, sung by Gemma Bellincioni.

    There are five candidates, again all of them are great singers, some easy to identify, some not that easy...

    santuzza nº 1

    santuzza nº 2

    santuzza nº 3

    santuzza nº 4

    santuzza nº 5

    Let's choose our favorite.

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    Too easy. Has to be number two, but not surprising considering who it is. She brings out the raw emotion best.

    Thanks for doing another of these shilgolch - I enjoyed all the singers this time.
    Natalie

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    Agreed with Natalie -- #2 wins. Most recognizable voice in this history of opera?
    Also really liked #5, no idea who it is though. #3 was interesting, again no idea who - a dramatic soprano I assume.
    #4 was my least favorite.
    -Ian

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    #2 is easily recognisable... but this doesn't mean she should be our favorite for this particular aria.

    In fact, every month I meet with a small group of friends, and one of the things we do, apart from talking tons of opera bits, is run a kind of extended 'blind tasting' (instead of using 5 singers, normally we go for 8 to 10). The Santuzza's run was not won by #2, so it's not a foregone conclusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    #2 is easily recognisable... but this doesn't mean she should be our favorite for this particular aria.
    What do you mean? If Callas isn't your favourite in any aria that she ever recorded it means that it's time to consult your doctor.

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    I guess it's better time for you to stop blind adoration of a singer.

    Nobody is the best one in everything, nobody.

    That doesn't mean Callas Santuzza is not good. Far from it, is an excellent recreation. But not necessarily the best one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    I guess it's better time for you to stop blind adoration of a singer.
    I vote for blind adoration!

    But then again, let's not go into how much trouble that's caused me . . .

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    I didn't vote for #2 because it was Callas, but because it was the best in my opinion. Callas just happens to have the rarest of gifts in that she can imbue a phrase with emotion like few others. But there are definitely pieces that I don't favor her interpretation.
    -Ian

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    Of course, that's exactly the point. If you think #2 is the best interpretation, then this is the right thing to do.

    But please, everyone remember to vote, not just comment in the thread, if vote is what you want...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    I didn't vote for #2 because it was Callas, but because it was the best in my opinion. Callas just happens to have the rarest of gifts in that she can imbue a phrase with emotion like few others. But there are definitely pieces that I don't favor her interpretation.
    Oh I voted for her for that reason, I listened very carefuly to the others hoping to find one I liked better so as not to be too obvious, but Callas is the only one who made me cry.
    Natalie

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    I voted #2. Pleased my ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    I guess it's better time for you to stop blind adoration of a singer.
    Don't assume that I adore anybody. Especially sopranos. I usually just put up with them until the baritone comes on.
    Natalie

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    I'm not in the business of assuming anything, especially ladies preferences.

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    You know it was interesting, doing this exercise, because although it WAS hearing Callas that initially got me interested in opera in the first place (30 years ago!!), I haven't listened to her much in recent years. And I had a big 15 year gap while I was learning the piano and listening to a lot of Scarlatti.

    But that aria made me realise again how compelling she really could be.
    Natalie

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    I do understand.

    After all, I selected Callas as my favourite female singer in the TC thirty day opera challenge.

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