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    I think we can ask for TC member's opinion on which is the best role sung by a given singer.

    We can start by the lovely Renée Fleming, and then continue with a few others, or not, depending on the interest of the proposal.

    Ms. Fleming has sung a good number of roles, the ones below are my personal selection, but of course members can vote for a different one, if their favourite is not collected here:



    Contessa Almaviva

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NToJ2phG7Qk

    Rusalka

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHXAC6lTXR8

    Tatyana

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03fgUK_XHQ

    Rosina

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4sIcK9spzQ

    Desdemona

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN2IJqutOA8

    Susannah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk9JV3gpwvc

    Donna Anna

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrTgxcI305k

    Arabella

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eimNTaFhyHw

    Blanche

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GADdPQ02mLo

    Marschallin

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ZE7v6NLj4

    Thaïs

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zTm60jRO6g

    Die Gräfin Madeleine

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oUABPNM_AI



    Personally, I vote for the last one, the Countess from Capriccio.

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    I love her in most things (practically in everything really) but my vote must go to Rusalka. I guess it's sorta her signature role even though I dislike the production of the one that's on DVD.
    Martha doesn't signal when the orchestra comes in, she's just pursing her lips..

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    I didn't click on your links yet, but based on previous experience, I'd select Tatyana, Arabella, and the Marschallin, but I think Armida (Rossini's) is another one to be added to your list.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    The links are just for completeness, no need to click or review them. We just go and select our favourite Renée's role. But only one.

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    Was surprised not to see Manon (I wouldn't have chosen that one, but it'd be in my top 3 or so for her). I vote for the Countess Almaviva
    -Ian

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    I think I'd have to vote for the Marschallin, with Rusalka a close second.

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    I'd go for the Marschallin.

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    Contessa Almaviva - 1
    Rusalka - 1
    Tatyana
    Rosina
    Desdemona
    Susannah
    Donna Anna
    Arabella
    Blanche
    Marschallin - 3 (including my vote)
    Thaïs
    Die Gräfin Madeleine - 1

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    Rusalka for me, I haven't seen her Marschallin yet (UWP), though I imagine it will be amazing.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by rgz View Post
    Was surprised not to see Manon (I wouldn't have chosen that one, but it'd be in my top 3 or so for her). I vote for the Countess Almaviva
    Fleming's Manon is beautifully sung, it's just strikes me as not a fully convincing vocal portrait, I'm missing the vivacious little minx of the first acts in favour of a much more restrained and savvy character.

    Just a matter of taste:


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    Quote Originally Posted by schigolch View Post
    Fleming's Manon is beautifully sung, it's just strikes me as not a fully convincing vocal portrait, I'm missing the vivacious little minx of the first acts in favour of a much more restrained and savvy character.
    Sigh . . . I can still recall the days when *I* was known as "vivacious little minx." Ah, quelle dommage!

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