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    Santuzza in Cavalleria Rusticano is about the only opera sung almost equally by sopranos and by mezzos. What is your take on this? I love the music in this opera. Do you have a preferrence? I don't know the range requirement, but both vocal types seem comfortable in the role. Troyanos, Simeonato, Farrell, Milanov, Caballe, Norman are just some of the notable Santuzzas.

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    Mezzos like Giuletta Simionato or Fiorenza Cossotto have owned the role, indeed. So a mezzo with good high notes is a sensible choice. However, the first Santuzza was the dramatic soprano Gemma Bellincioni.



    Giannina Arangi-Lombardi sang the role as a mezzo in her first years as a singer, and then as a soprano when she changed her fach. However, Mascagni's preferred performer was the soprano Lina Bruna-Rasa:



    Personally, I also prefer, generally speaking, soprano voices for the role.

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    Think of Cossotto on the Karajan version. You couldn't imagine it sung much better.

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    The only other role that I can think of that both sopranos and mezzos sing equally is Kundry. They have to have that high B to make a good effect though.

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    Waltraud Meier please, so both.
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