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    Ah yes - Michela's aria from Carmen.

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    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Mirella Freni: «Tu che la vanità», de Don Carlos, de G. Verdi.
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    "Lascia ch'io pianga" from Handel's Rinaldo.



    Or perhaps "Piangerò la sorte mia" from Handel's Giulio Cesare.

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    "Ich ging zu ihm" from Das Wunder der Heliane by Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moody View Post
    No,"Carmen" can be sung by sopranos or mezzos.
    it "can" be sung by sopranos, but that doesn't mean it should. Carmen needs to be dark, sultry, creamy. only the most mezzo-y sopranos could do it justice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post
    As far as soprano arias, the "whole package" aria for me is mi chiamano Mimi. Who wouldn't fall in love with Mimi after that?
    I agree at least when Mimi is sung by Ryoko Sunakawa:

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    it "can" be sung by sopranos, but that doesn't mean it should. Carmen needs to be dark, sultry, creamy. only the most mezzo-y sopranos could do it justice.
    These days singers seem to have to be classified as either soprano or mezzo with no real appreciation for the continuity of the voice spectrum, to the point that some singers are castigated for singing roles which don't fall cleanly into either soprano or mezzo. A typical 19th century French Carmen would have been a Falcon which was named after a singer of that era albeit without her vocal problems. It is essentially is somewhere in the middle range between mezzo and soprano but perhaps leaning more towards the former. Two good examples of singers who are in that middle ground are Maria Callas (I have seen Lady Macbeth described as a Falcon role) and Anna Caterina Antonacci.

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    Most beautiful soprano aria performed by one of the most beautiful soprano voices ever.
    Last edited by Azol; Nov-12-2017 at 19:23.

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    Dove Sono - Mozart / Figaro

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Dove Sono - Mozart / Figaro
    I see your "Dove Sono" and raise you a "Porgi Amor"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    These days singers seem to have to be classified as either soprano or mezzo with no real appreciation for the continuity of the voice spectrum, to the point that some singers are castigated for singing roles which don't fall cleanly into either soprano or mezzo. A typical 19th century French Carmen would have been a Falcon which was named after a singer of that era albeit without her vocal problems. It is essentially is somewhere in the middle range between mezzo and soprano but perhaps leaning more towards the former. Two good examples of singers who are in that middle ground are Maria Callas (I have seen Lady Macbeth described as a Falcon role) and Anna Caterina Antonacci.
    oh I could name you several more voices who are in between soprano/mezzo in some capacity
    - Marisa Galvany
    - Astrid Varnay
    - Maria Ewing
    - Shirley Verrett
    - Kirsten Flagstad (later career)
    - Joyce DiDonato
    - Grace Bumbry
    - Helen Traubel
    -

    that said, 80% of people fall pretty cleanly into at least a general category. soprano/mezzo/contralto/tenor/baritone/bass are pretty universally agreed upon as the basic categories. from there it's a matter of system and opinion.

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    Beverly Sills-Lucia di Lammermoor Mad Scene-"Il dolce suono...Ardon gl'incensi...Spargi d'amaro"
    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    "Mahatma Gandhi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becca View Post
    These days singers seem to have to be classified as either soprano or mezzo with no real appreciation for the continuity of the voice spectrum, to the point that some singers are castigated for singing roles which don't fall cleanly into either soprano or mezzo. A typical 19th century French Carmen would have been a Falcon which was named after a singer of that era albeit without her vocal problems. It is essentially is somewhere in the middle range between mezzo and soprano but perhaps leaning more towards the former. Two good examples of singers who are in that middle ground are Maria Callas (I have seen Lady Macbeth described as a Falcon role) and Anna Caterina Antonacci.
    As a curiosity, I ran this by a co-worker who is a trained singer and she replied,

    I would say I am a true mezzo soprano, assuming wikipedia is correct on the published ranges. I think, if you agree with the term "falcon" (the last name of a particular singer), it would be a person who is in the soprano range, but has the tonal quality closer to that of a mezzo
    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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