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    Anna Netrebko: something dark and mushy....mud maybe (yeah, I'm not a fan of Ms Netrebko)
    Angela Gheorghiu: something quite dark, beautiful, and gentle....maybe the night or a black flower
    Rene Flemming: molten gold I guess
    Kiri Te Kanawa: a particularly beautiful piece of bronze
    Elina Garanca: a white rose or a white candle
    Maria Callas: a musical note on a piece of paper because it's black and it's so good it's like 'pure music'
    Renata Tebaldi: orange rose or gladiola
    Joan Sutherland: a very dramatic but dry and emotionless voice....thunder on and on and on (no, not a fan of this beloved singer)
    Elisabeth Schwartzkopf: lilly of the valley or hyacinth...probably sitting behind a pretty woman's ear.
    Kirsten Flagstadt: shimmering metal....a pretty angel or fairy made of shimmering metal
    Monsterat Cabale: pianissimo, pianissimo, pianissimo is all I here. Another beloved singer that I'm not a fan of (don't shoot). The petrol gray color
    Claudia Muzio: hydrangeas
    Victoria de Los Angeles: definitely red roses
    Shirley Verret: a beautiful brown....or the day and night cycle or the soil and the air because of her dark lower register and her brighter airy upper one.
    Anita Cerquetti: a pure an ephemeral voice....maybe unpolluted spring water or a mayfly
    Ileana Cotrubas: I agree with milk....that or white porcelain
    Eleanor Steber: a tuning fork because it's vibrant and quite metalic.
    Ingeborg Hallstein: a very high and pretty voice....the gates of heaven or heavenly bells
    Diana Damrau: a pretty iceberg or marble
    Christina Deutekon: an ice beam
    Lucia Popp: [a B]sparkling star[/B] ?
    Beverly Sills: lemon tree flowers or a thin sharp piece of metal coated in light gold
    Anna Moffo: silk or chiffon maybe because it's so smooth and beautiful
    Ewa Podles: a cave...in a good way!
    Natalie Dessay: gold foil because it's thin, light, and beautiful
    Sumi Jo: soft and pretty...a sea anemone or a frangipani perhaps
    Philippe Jaroussky: a delicate piece of light gold
    Juan Diego Flores: red roses....in a masculine way
    Bryn Terfel: the sound that an elephant makes with his trunk only the perfect opera version

    And that's enough for today. Let me know if you want my 'review' of a voice that I haven't covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baritenor View Post
    And that's enough for today. Let me know if you want my 'review' of a voice that I haven't covered.
    I'll have my people call your people. When I get some people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I'll have my people call your people. When I get some people.
    [Gasp] You don't have people?! How lame
    Last edited by Baritenor; Dec-27-2018 at 20:13.

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    Callas at the end of her career sounded like an ambulance siren.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Baritenor View Post
    Anna Netrebko: something dark and mushy....mud maybe (yeah, I'm not a fan of Ms Netrebko)
    Angela Gheorghiu: something quite dark, beautiful, and gentle....maybe the night or a black flower
    Rene Flemming: molten gold I guess
    Kiri Te Kanawa: a particularly beautiful piece of bronze
    Elina Garanca: a white rose or a white candle
    Maria Callas: a musical note on a piece of paper because it's black and it's so good it's like 'pure music'
    Renata Tebaldi: orange rose or gladiola
    Joan Sutherland: a very dramatic but dry and emotionless voice....thunder on and on and on (no, not a fan of this beloved singer)
    Elisabeth Schwartzkopf: lilly of the valley or hyacinth...probably sitting behind a pretty woman's ear.
    Kirsten Flagstadt: shimmering metal....a pretty angel or fairy made of shimmering metal
    Monsterat Cabale: pianissimo, pianissimo, pianissimo is all I here. Another beloved singer that I'm not a fan of (don't shoot). The petrol gray color
    Claudia Muzio: hydrangeas
    Victoria de Los Angeles: definitely red roses
    Shirley Verret: a beautiful brown....or the day and night cycle or the soil and the air because of her dark lower register and her brighter airy upper one.
    Anita Cerquetti: a pure an ephemeral voice....maybe unpolluted spring water or a mayfly
    Ileana Cotrubas: I agree with milk....that or white porcelain
    Eleanor Steber: a tuning fork because it's vibrant and quite metalic.
    Ingeborg Hallstein: a very high and pretty voice....the gates of heaven or heavenly bells
    Diana Damrau: a pretty iceberg or marble
    Christina Deutekon: an ice beam
    Lucia Popp: [a B]sparkling star[/B] ?
    Beverly Sills: lemon tree flowers or a thin sharp piece of metal coated in light gold
    Anna Moffo: silk or chiffon maybe because it's so smooth and beautiful
    Ewa Podles: a cave...in a good way!
    Natalie Dessay: gold foil because it's thin, light, and beautiful
    Sumi Jo: soft and pretty...a sea anemone or a frangipani perhaps
    Philippe Jaroussky: a delicate piece of light gold
    Juan Diego Flores: red roses....in a masculine way
    Bryn Terfel: the sound that an elephant makes with his trunk only the perfect opera version

    And that's enough for today. Let me know if you want my 'review' of a voice that I haven't covered.
    Podles... cave.... brilliant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baritenor View Post
    Ewa Podles: a cave...in a good way!
    a cave to me would denote a cooler voice. when I think Podles, I think more of a smokey bonfire in the Russia wilderness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    a cave to me would denote a cooler voice. when I think Podles, I think more of a smokey bonfire in the Russia wilderness.
    Are you from Russia yourself Balalaikaboy?

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    Del Monaco: a volcanic eruption
    Warren: the finest steel sword concealed under a velvet cloak until ready to strike
    Pavarotti: the first warm, golden spring day after a long, harsh winter
    Nilsson: a fully armoured warrior tank who can solo fight a dragon
    Salminen: black rocks
    Polgár: dark brown velvet with golden embroidery
    Furlanetto: black molasses
    Imbrailo: just the embodiment of health and youthful virility
    Fleming: a young fruit tree in full bloom
    Tomlinson: depending on role, a friendly white bear or a venomous but beautifully patterned snake
    Tebaldi: actual angel with silver wings
    Corelli: mithril armour and a royal blue cape
    Tézier: a colour-shifting satin that changes between gold and a reddish brown
    Keenlyside: a playful squirrel with so much energy, he probably had 10 coffees
    Pape: a cello
    Székely: a pipe organ
    Milnes: noble yet somehow perpetually melancholy



    Ooh, can we do the opera colour thing?


    Don Carlo: black with antique gold and flashes of deep red
    Traviata: light blue
    Tosca: burgundy and gold
    M*cbeth: blood red, black and white
    Trovatore: not even one colour, just raging fire amplified by Sozin's Comet
    Rigoletto: a mix of deep blue and rusty red
    Madama Butterfly: pastels, especially pastel pink and light green
    Turandot: turquise/aquamarine with a LOT of gold
    Tristan und Isolde: cloudy greys and dark blue
    Boris Godunov: dark brown, gold and a dark orange
    Billy Budd: white and dark blue
    Eugene Onegin: starts out with warm colours and goes to white and violet/blue
    Parsifal: grey, deep red and a lot of white
    Carmen: red and black
    Lucia di Lammermoor: white and red against a cool-toned dark background
    The Magic Flute: green, white, gold and black with flecks of glitter
    Un ballo in maschera: all sorts of purples/violets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celloman View Post
    Are you a synasthesiac?
    This is the word I was trying to think of. When one sense evokes another sense inappropriately. Sounds have specific colors apparently.

    I'm sure I'm one. For me digits from 0-9 have colors and many words have the flavors of foods.

    Some sounds of the orchestra have flavors as well. A clarinet tastes like a tart plum. A piano is fruit-flavored jello. A bass can be licorice.

    When it comes to voices, though, I don't fine tune that much. Vocal categories have ranges of color. Soprano voices are shades of bright red, mezzos darker red or purple, altos deep burgundy, tenors golden brown or tan, baritones charcoal grey or dark brown or dark purple, basses black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baritenor View Post
    Are you from Russia yourself Balalaikaboy?
    no. I'm American. I just love Eastern European music and the character Balalaika from Black Lagoon (she's my profile picture).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    no. I'm American. I just love Eastern European music and the character Balalaika from Black Lagoon (she's my profile picture).
    What do you think about Romania's music then (it's my home country)?

    Slow reply btw

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    Juan Diego Flores: red roses....in a masculine way
    if you mean "masculine" as in the sound of a teenage boy....sure I guess :/

    Claudia Muzio: hydrangeas
    ooo! yes, this is fitting!

    Victoria de Los Angeles: definitely red roses
    agreed

    Shirley Verret: a beautiful brown....or the day and night cycle or the soil and the air because of her dark lower register and her brighter airy upper one.
    huh? I've never experienced her upper register as particularly "bright" in any capacity, more like PIERCING! beautiful brown works well. personally I get more of a purple velvet or polished mahogany, but that works

    Ingeborg Hallstein: a very high and pretty voice....the gates of heaven or heavenly bells
    absolutely

    Diana Damrau: a pretty iceberg or marble
    I'm a bit confused by this one...because an iceberg and marble have little in common. between the two, I think "iceberg" is more fitting. her voice is cold, but glistening, and icy comes to mind immediately, like if you were to do an opera of the movie Frozen. marbles doesn't work as well though, as it's not a voice with much richness in any capacity.

    Lucia Popp: [a B]sparkling star[/B] ?
    my thoughts exactly, like a comet the color of a pink opal

    Beverly Sills: lemon tree flowers or a thin sharp piece of metal coated in light gold
    the first works, the second I don't really see

    Anna Moffo: silk or chiffon maybe because it's so smooth and beautiful
    100%. could listen to that all day

    Christina Deutekon: an ice beam
    fits quite well, a bit like a more dramatic Damrau with more laser focus

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    Eleanor Steber: pink opal and white silver

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    Elena Obraztsova: a witch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert7 View Post
    Elena Garanca = some R-rated sultry scenes that are banned here via ToS. Lots of pleasure, put it this way.
    Yours is one of the few references I have found to Elina Garanca. I happen to think the voice is wonderful, but visually, this lady pushes every button in my mind (and body)

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