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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    I choose Handel, too: "Dopo notte" from Ariodante, sung by Janet Baker. When I heard it for the first time, I just couldn't get enough of it for weeks.
    beautiful aria Ariodante has some of the most beautiful arias (also "Con l'ali di constanza", "Dover, giustizia, amor" etc.)

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    If I may tread cautiously into the alto realm, one of my favorite opera roles for that voice is the witch Ulrica in Verdi's Masked Ball. A good gravelly alto voice is essential to the spooky tone of that scene.

    But my favorite of all is Der Tod und das Madchen (Death and the maiden), the art song by Schubert. Exquisite and only a minute or two long, but an amazing piece. And best sung by Marian Anderson. Gives me chills every time I hear it.

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    Mezzos in trouser roles are also a bit exotic and sensual, something that I feel that the composers knew full well. My two favorite trouser roles are Cherubino in Nozze (Marriage of Figaro) and Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann.

    Re. Nozze, I briefly dated a lovely Russian mezzo who was singing Cherubino when I sang Antonio (the drunken gardener) at a small opera company. Re. Hoffmann, a recent Met broadcast (2011 I think) featured a very lovely gal in the Nicklausse role. Yum, if you'll pardon my infatuation with slinky brunettes. ha ha

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    My favorite "babe" mezzo aria is the Seguidille from Carmen. It sums up her character so well and is a great follow up to the Habanera. Fave trouser role aria is a toss up between "Va tacito" and "Che faro senza Euridice". I also love both of Eboli's arias, Neris' aria "solo un pianto" from Medea, and "per lui che adoro" from "Italiana in Algeri".

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    Another role that can be taken by both sopranos and mezzos is Joan of Arc in Tchaikovsky's " Maid of Orleans ".
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    Caro spoza by Handel... I believe Rinaldo. Jennifer Larmore and Ewa Podles nail this. One of the most emotional arias ever written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    ...Re. Hoffmann, a recent Met broadcast (2011 I think) featured a very lovely gal in the Nicklausse role. Yum, if you'll pardon my infatuation with slinky brunettes. ha ha
    That was Kate Lindsey and she's MINE!! HANDS OFF!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guythegreg View Post
    That was Kate Lindsey and she's MINE!! HANDS OFF!!!!
    Actually I too have a bit of a girl crush on Kate Lindsey in the Nicklausse hat.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritter View Post
    "O mio fernando..." and the explosive cabaletta "Scritto e in cielo il mio" from La Favorita(Donizetti)
    I've been listening to this one quite a lot lately. Wonderful.

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    Lightbulb My favorite mezzo passages from Wagner...

    1) "Brangäne's Watch" from Tristan und Isolde. Why do I like it? Well... how much time do you have? To try to be brief, there's a lot of emotional complexity in the words and music. Brangäne puts effort into her role as the early-warning guardian, doing her best to retain her senses in the pitch... yet still harbors a twitch of wistfulness at dwelling in a place apart from the oblivion/obliviouness of Isolde.

    2) "Waltraute's Monologue" from Götterdämmerung. Great character-development-- that Waltraute. No longer non-individuated as just one interchangeable part of the nine Valkyries, she has enough character to strike out on her own in disobedience to Wotan... yet argues for a course of action that she feels is the best for the old order. Of course, the intensity of the Brünnhilde's dismissal is for the better from a dramatic standpoint. However, who can fully comprehend the story and and not feel utterly sorry for Waltraute?
    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95

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    Waltraute ... she was the weepy one, in Expecting Someone Taller, right?

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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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    Fiorenza Cossotto - Sleepwalking Scene 'Macbeth'

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    Ah! quando all'ara scorgemi - Maria Stuarda sung by Agnes Baltsa

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    Quote Originally Posted by katdad View Post
    Mezzos in trouser roles are also a bit exotic and sensual, something that I feel that the composers knew full well. My two favorite trouser roles are Cherubino in Nozze (Marriage of Figaro) and Nicklausse in Tales of Hoffmann.

    Re. Nozze, I briefly dated a lovely Russian mezzo who was singing Cherubino when I sang Antonio (the drunken gardener) at a small opera company. Re. Hoffmann, a recent Met broadcast (2011 I think) featured a very lovely gal in the Nicklausse role. Yum, if you'll pardon my infatuation with slinky brunettes. ha ha
    I'm not even straight, but honestly....mezzos usually look better than sopranos. sorry, it's just true lol

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