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    Mari Lyn - razor blades

    This space for rent.

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    It occurred to me today while listening to her that Marilyn Horne had one of the most multicolored voices I've ever heard -- from dark brown to silver and everything in between, I'd say.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Mari Lyn - razor blades
    this is what I think of when I think of Gina Cigna :P (apart from the aforementioned blizzard). when she hits a high C, I'm like "better be careful. don't wanna get a paper cut"

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    Elena Garanca = some R-rated sultry scenes that are banned here via ToS. Lots of pleasure, put it this way.
    "if a horse could sing in a monotone, the horse would sound like Carly Simon, only a horse wouldn't rhyme 'yacht', 'apricot', and 'gavotte'. Is that some kind of joke?"
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    Vladimir Chernov's voice reminds me of a black rock with gold glints in it -- like this one:

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    Giorgio Zancanaro: strong black coffee. (Espresso?)

    Placido Domingo (as a tenor): an orange.

    Samuel Ramey: highly polished oak.


    Interesting take on Chernov, as I always thought his voice was somehow multi-layered, but I would have characterized it as "hard/soft," whereas you have "black/gold."
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    Sir Thomas Allen has a very textured voice, to my ear. The color I associate with it is a light golden brown, mixed with some dark red.

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    Callas: Parts of her voice remind me of a clarinet others of a violin
    Jessye Norman: before her weight loss her voice reminds me of a gurgling stream... very liquid and down low of a cello
    Nilsson: a trumpet but more feminine ( trumpets are soprano but sound male to me)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    Nilsson: a trumpet but more feminine
    ... a "frumpet", perhaps?

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    (This is the thread I've always wanted!!)

    Maria Callas:
    Supernova, silver/white sound waves, laser beams, electromagnetic waves, beach waves, a praying angel... It's the hardest one to describe.
    Pretty much something like this


    Joan Sutherland: Falling shimmery snowflakes. Sometimes a crone.
    Rosa Ponselle: Rose Gold
    2880x1800-old-rose-solid-color-background.jpg



    Besides, I do associate very particular shades colors with certain composers and some of their Operas:

    Verdi

    La Traviata
    Il Trovatore
    Rigoletto
    Ernani
    Macbeth
    Bellini
    Norma, Il Pirata, La Sonnambula
    I Puritani
    Donizetti
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    Anna Bolena
    Mozart
    Wagner
    Puccini
    Last edited by Tuoksu; Jan-01-2017 at 17:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reichstag aus LICHT View Post
    ... a "frumpet", perhaps?
    A phrase to remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuoksu View Post
    (This is the thread I've always wanted!!)

    Maria Callas:
    Supernova, silver/white sound waves, laser beams, electromagnetic waves, beach waves, a praying angel... It's the hardest one to describe.
    Pretty much something like this


    Joan Sutherland: Falling shimmery snowflakes. Sometimes a crone.
    Rosa Ponselle: Rose Gold
    2880x1800-old-rose-solid-color-background.jpg



    Besides, I do associate very particular shades colors with certain composers and some of their Operas:

    Verdi

    La Traviata
    Il Trovatore
    Rigoletto
    Ernani
    Macbeth
    Bellini
    Norma, Il Pirata, La Sonnambula
    I Puritani
    Donizetti
    Lucia di Lammermoor
    Anna Bolena
    Mozart
    Wagner
    Puccini
    Tuoksu, you may have something called synaesthesia. I do too, and my synaesthesia is the letter-color type:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

    While most of the time, synaesthesiac people perceive their "version" differently (for example, the letter A looks red to one person but seems blue to another), I am so astonished that if I looked at the words you colored (without seeing you colored them), I would still agree with your choice of colors 90% of the time (Macbeth is red, Il Trovatore is light purple, Il Pirata is green, Puritani is light blue, Wagner is brown, Puccini is dark green etc...)
    Last edited by silentio; Jan-02-2017 at 09:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentio View Post
    Tuoksu, you may have something called synaesthesia. I do too, and my synaesthesia is the letter-color type:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

    While most of the time, synaesthesiac people perceive their "version" differently (for example, the letter A looks red to one person but seems blue to another), I am so astonished that if I looked at the words you colored (without seeing you colored them), I would still agree with your choice of colors 90% of the time (Macbeth is red, Il Trovatore is light purple, Il Pirata is green, Puritani is light blue, Wagner is brown, Puccini is dark green etc...)
    I've been told so by a friend (German composer Stefan Hertrich from Shiva in Exile.)
    I think my sisters have it too. And like you said it's mostly a different perception for every one. For instance, we sometimes have an "argument" about day colors (I see Sunday as white while thy both insist it's blue..etc)and it's quite funny.
    It's fascinating though when someone else sees the same thing as you. I'm just as stunned that you agree with my colors.

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    No images for me as far as the singers are concerned, but music and water are inextricably linked in my mind. It may be a babbling brook, a mountain stream, waves rippling onto the shore or even Niagara Falls, but it's always water.

    Alongside that, the music I enjoy the most evokes curves in my mind's eye. Baroque will forever be a closed book to me as all I can ever see are jagged lines, triangles, squares etc. all of which make me feel edgy and uncomfortable.

    I do seem to be out on my own with this though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annied View Post
    No images for me as far as the singers are concerned, but music and water are inextricably linked in my mind. It may be a babbling brook, a mountain stream, waves rippling onto the shore or even Niagara Falls, but it's always water.

    Alongside that, the music I enjoy the most evokes curves in my mind's eye. Baroque will forever be a closed book to me as all I can ever see are jagged lines, triangles, squares etc. all of which make me feel edgy and uncomfortable.

    I do seem to be out on my own with this though!
    That's a whole different and interesting look on the matter.

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