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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    To be fair, ACA started singing it whilst she was still a mezzo. Also, soprano Carmens (with the exception of Callas, who probably was a mezzo anyway and most definitely could sing anything (as a side note, she would have been a terriffic Rigoletto)) are inherently un-sexy.
    That's brilliant. Callas as Rigoletto. If only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    I won't even start on my opinion of Callas it will only start an uprising.
    Oh well, uprisings can be managed - do tell!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    Oh well, uprisings can be managed - do tell!
    I think she was dreadful--no voice worth talking of even when younger,
    Great actress ,but the voice comes first in opera---always.
    Fools talk because they have to say something, wise men talk because they have something to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    I think she was dreadful--no voice worth talking of even when younger,
    Great actress ,but the voice comes first in opera---always.
    Ah, I see. Well, I know there were times she herself would admit - or claim - she had an ugly voice. And I've heard recordings of hers that were just unlistenable. All the same, I have her CDs of Barber and Ballo and they're the ones I go to again and again, and I don't think I'd do that just for her acting ability. As imperfect as it was - and whose is perfect? - there was something in her voice that reached out to people very strongly. If I were to pick one singer to give the Makropoulos potion to I think it'd be her. Then, of course, she'd give up singing anyway! Ah well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    Magee is a good one - her Tosca, with Hampson as the Baron, was completely convincing. She's at the Met next season but I don't remember for what - but I am looking forward to it!
    Hm. I think she's doing the Foreign Princess in the Rusalka with Fleming. Should be good. And I also LOVED her in the Zürich Tosca! Fantastic singer.
    I really hope I get to see her Empress in the Royal Opera production of FrOSch next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I really hope I get to see her Empress in the Royal Opera production of FrOSch next season.
    Yes, THAT will be fantastic. I hope you do too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    Yes, THAT will be fantastic. I hope you do too.
    Oh yes. Hopefully, I'll be living in London around then.
    But Schwanewilms' Kaiserin at the Met should be equally great. She is just astounding in that Salzburg FrOSch (of which many things can be said). Oh, that they would make a CD recording out of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    That's brilliant. Callas as Rigoletto. If only.
    Have you heard the Juilliard masterclass in which she coaches Cortigiani? It's one of The Best Things.


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    Wow - THAT was intense. She had the fire, didn't she? I can just see her on stage at the Met during a performance, pursuing Beczala and Damrau and Lucic around, screaming "MORE PASSION!" and showing them how it goes ... that would add something, I think. No one would want their money back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    Ah, I see. Well, I know there were times she herself would admit - or claim - she had an ugly voice. And I've heard recordings of hers that were just unlistenable. All the same, I have her CDs of Barber and Ballo and they're the ones I go to again and again, and I don't think I'd do that just for her acting ability. As imperfect as it was - and whose is perfect? - there was something in her voice that reached out to people very strongly. If I were to pick one singer to give the Makropoulos potion to I think it'd be her. Then, of course, she'd give up singing anyway! Ah well.
    No, I think it was Walter Legge and his marketing ,he did it for DFD and Schwarzkopf as well .
    Fools talk because they have to say something, wise men talk because they have something to say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    She had the fire, didn't she?
    that's probably what made her more than the voice (I often think she sometimes sounded like she was chewing a potato while singing...). That and she always had a very clear vision of what she wanted with a role.

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    Per pietà - Cosi fan tutte

    If I was dying, that is what I would want my ears to hear last. (yes i know that's morbid but somehow I think of these things)

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    Quote Originally Posted by WAWilson View Post
    Per pietà - Cosi fan tutte

    If I was dying, that is what I would want my ears to hear last. (yes i know that's morbid but somehow I think of these things)
    That's funny - Tommasini said almost the same thing in his book on the 100 best operas. I think Cosi has my favorite music overall anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    That's funny - Tommasini said almost the same thing in his book on the 100 best operas. I think Cosi has my favorite music overall anywhere.
    I've never read Tommasini but that is funny. I think I'm with you guythegreg. Although I recognize that Cosi fan tutte is not Mozart's most perfect opera either dramatically (Figaro) or musically (Don Giovanni) - it has a power all its own that I love and relate to more than the others. Because it keeps it's focus so tight, exploring all the facets of love and the emotions that come from it, positive and negative, it achieves something altogether different. It is stunningly beautiful and extremely powerful.

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    There are so many - Zerlina's act 2 aria is special.

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