Likes Likes:  0
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Beverly Sills.......Callas light?

  1. #1
    Senior Member Itullian's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    California
    Posts
    10,486
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Beverly Sills.......Callas light?

    I hear similarities here.Callas is, of couse, supreme, but Sills has something similar,ithink.

    not a perfect voice and less powerful, but she seems to throw herself into the role and sing with much passion.

    just a thought. Sills fans?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    905
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Hm, I'd say if anyone is Callas light it'd be Ms. Natalie Dessay. An imperfect voice, with stunning technique and interpretative skill. Both their voices touch me deeply in a manner no other singer accomplishes. But, bien sur, tastes vary.

    Sills is one of those acclaimed singers I've never quite "got" -- she leaves me cold.
    -Ian

  3. #3
    Senior Member StlukesguildOhio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    7,495
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    9

    Default

    Sills has never been one of my favorite singers for the simple reason that I have not come across her frequently enough among the operatic and other vocal recordings that I most value. From what I have heard I probably wouldn't begin to think of comparing her with Callas. She does seem to have been quite good at a "lighter" repertoire as these two discs show her in some of her finest moments:




  4. #4
    Senior Member DarkAngel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    La Scala
    Posts
    3,756
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    I hear similarities here.Callas is, of couse, supreme, but Sills has something similar,ithink.
    not a perfect voice and less powerful, but she seems to throw herself into the role and sing with much passion.
    just a thought. Sills fans?
    Sills is very dramatic in her delivery using daring colortura/ornament more similar to Callas than say Sutherland, Caballe, Tebaldi etc yet they sound very different tonally..............I admire her aggressive style

    Callas has a much darker lower register she uses with great skill to expand her vocal range and color, can easily sound dark, ominous, threatening..........so much force and power present. Sills has a lighter very agile voice with a very pure clean tone.

    Listen how dark vocally Callas can go to communicate the hopeless dread washing over poor Gioconda
    (try the section 2:05 - 2:30, almost sounds like a mans voice)

    Last edited by DarkAngel; Nov-21-2011 at 04:44.

  5. #5
    Newbies
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Athens, Greece
    Posts
    9
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    Comparing Sills to Callas is like comparing two different entities and it is unfair to Sills. Those of us who were lucky enough to have heard and seen Ms. Sills at her prime can testify to a first class coloratura voice with an exceptional stage presence. Her artistry allowed her to also sing sing light lyric roles like Manon with good results. Those in doubt should seek her early solo ABC Album


  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Toronto, On
    Posts
    375
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I don't think we should compare Sills to Callas. They were both amazing sopranos. IMO, Callas had more colors in her voice. She could sing light as a feather or dark, powerful when needed. Sills has an amazing coloratura, light voice, but too different from Callas.
    I love Callas. Sills is great, but does not impress me as much.

Similar Threads

  1. Callas in La Traviata
    By science in forum Opera
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: Jan-30-2019, 18:38
  2. Beverly Sills
    By Herkku in forum Opera
    Replies: 70
    Last Post: Nov-15-2017, 05:51
  3. Maria Callas! Why?
    By michael walsh in forum Opera
    Replies: 216
    Last Post: Oct-16-2016, 17:27
  4. Beverly Sills Dies.
    By Frasier in forum Opera
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: Feb-03-2016, 02:24
  5. Beverly Sills Gravely Ill
    By Caronome in forum Opera
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jun-30-2007, 20:35

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •