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    Default What image do certain operatic voices make you think of?

    what image comes to mind when you hear a certain operatic voice?

    I'll start with a few
    Anna Moffo: chocolate mousse
    Martina Arroyo: purple velvet
    Joan Sutherland: an angel queen brandishing a sword and summoning a thunderstorm
    Beverly Sills: a fairy
    Kirsten Flagstad: liquid gold
    Gina Signa: a blizzard
    Viorica Cortez: a witch
    Ingaborg Hallstein: Christmas bells
    Kiri Te Kanawa: black licorice
    Sherrill Milnes: cold steel
    Elena Obraztsova: a tigress
    Jussi Bjorling: mistletoe
    June Anderson: Joan Sutherland's baby sister :P
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    Maria Callas: gold bullion, spun gold, gold flecks, molten gold, regal gold, silver, platinum, rubies, Tiffany's diamonds, innocent, vulnerable, compassionate, angry, vindictive, sublime, imperious, scheming, flirty, manipulative, penitent, minxy, sexy, dignified, unhinged, highest drama, red blooded, vital, alive, pure bliss. . . 'paradise.'
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    Victoria de los Angeles.... all things feminine.
    When all else fails, listen to Thick as a Brick.

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    For me singing voices usually evoke colors. Some examples:

    Sherrill Milnes: Silver, turquoise blue, or bronze
    Renee Fleming: Gold or reddish gold
    Placido Domingo: Dark green or chocolate brown
    Montserrat Caballe: Black with red glints
    Anna Moffo: Red
    Anna Netrebko: Red-gold or a dark color with glints of silver and gold
    Jennifer Larmore: Jet black, like onyx
    Cecilia Bartoli: Brown, gold, silver, red
    Joan Sutherland: Silver (earlier recordings), Gold (later recordings)

    Fascinating topic! I'll be back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    For me singing voices usually evoke colors. Some examples:
    I totally get this :P the colors these singers make me think of are

    Sherrill Milnes: Silver, turquoise blue, or bronze
    silver (though I more metallic silver when compared to the more shimmering silver of June Anderson or early Sutherland)

    Renee Fleming: Gold or reddish gold
    I would say somewhat of a darker gold. more "roasted oats" as opposed to "goldenrod" if that makes any sense


    Montserrat Caballe: Black with red glints
    same

    Anna Moffo: Red
    deep, bronze-ish brown, like an antique lamp or varnished wood

    Anna Netrebko: Red-gold or a dark color with glints of silver and gold
    brown with pinkish undertones

    Jennifer Larmore: Jet black, like onyx
    same

    Cecilia Bartoli: Brown, gold, silver, red
    deep brown

    Joan Sutherland: Silver (earlier recordings), Gold (later recordings)
    exactly!

    I'll add a few:
    June Anderson: shimmering silver
    Kiri Te Kanawa: jade green with glints of black
    Martina Arroyo: purple and gold
    Leontyne Price: brown
    Annick Massis: midnight blue with glistening stars
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    BalalakaikaBoy: I've also heard Caballe's voice described as "lilac"!

    For me, Arroyo's voice is black satin or black velvet.

    Here are some more colors/images:

    Victoria de los Angeles: Red roses
    Mirella Freni, Nicolai Gedda, and Juan Diego Florez: White wine
    Fiorenza Cossotto: Something hard, shiny, and dark-colored (black marble?)
    Alessadro Corbelli: Coffee beans
    Barbara Frittoli: Amber
    Andrea Rost: Something white and sparkly, like white sequins
    Ileana Cotrubas: Milk, white flowers
    Natalie Dessay: A white lily (like the kind you see at Easter)
    Patricia Racette: Beige with some silver and white
    Samuel Ramey: Black
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    BalalakaikaBoy: I've also heard Caballe's voice described as "lilac"!
    I could see that

    For me, Arroyo's voice is black satin or black velvet.
    Martina Arroyo's voice (both timbre and vocal style) are more inviting and emotive than anything black, imo. more purple, brown or deep red

    Victoria de los Angeles: Red roses
    yes

    Nicolai Gedda, and Juan Diego Florez: White wine
    Gedda: yes! that's perfect
    Florez: eh, his voice is more "strawberry daiquiri" imo.

    Fiorenza Cossotto: Something hard, shiny, and dark-colored (black marble?)
    sounds about right

    Ileana Cotrbuas: Milk, white flowers
    yes

    Natalie Dessay: A white lily (like the kind you see at Easter)
    pretty much, though I would throw in an assortment of Easter colors (light blue, pink, light green, etc) coupled with a few accents of deep scarlet (though maybe the last part is more personality, which sharply contrasts with her voice imo)

    Samuel Ramey: Black
    yup, like onyx

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    How about these...

    Thomas Hampson: Cool blue
    Dawn Upshaw: A flute
    Sumi Jo: Silver glitter
    Jonas Kaufmann: Dark brown with glints of gold
    Karita Mattila: Pale yellow or ice blue
    Renata Tebaldi: Red-orange
    Shirley Verrett: Very dark purple, almost black

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    Oh yes, and prime Deborah Voigt is turquoise, silver, and pale gold.

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    Lol thats very good Gedda white wine and Florez strawberry coctail im tasting it already yummy.
    Comparisment of Cristina Deutekom with a Laser Beam i found most striking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    Joan Sutherland: an angel queen brandishing a sword and summoning a thunderstorm
    actually, more than anything, Joan Sutherland's voice reminds me of storm clouds.
    upper register: dramatic flashes of lightning
    middle register: rumbling thunder in the distance before a storm
    lower register: light drizzle and the last remnants of thunder moving off after the climax of a mighty storm

    Sutherland's voice was dramatic and like something coming down from the heavens, but at the same time, there was a distinct gloomy quality to it, to the point where she sounded a bit weird trying to portray happy characters like Rosina or Marie from Fille de Regiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    actually, more than anything, Joan Sutherland's voice reminds me of storm clouds.
    upper register: dramatic flashes of lightning
    middle register: rumbling thunder in the distance before a storm
    lower register: light drizzle and the last remnants of thunder moving off after the climax of a mighty storm

    Sutherland's voice was dramatic and like something coming down from the heavens, but at the same time, there was a distinct gloomy quality to it, to the point where she sounded a bit weird trying to portray happy characters like Rosina or Marie from Fille de Regiment.
    That's fascinating! On a similar note, Bryn Terfel's voice reminds me of a windstorm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellinilover View Post
    How about these...

    Thomas Hampson: Cool blue
    Dawn Upshaw: A flute
    Sumi Jo: Silver glitter
    Jonas Kaufmann: Dark brown with glints of gold
    Karita Mattila: Pale yellow or ice blue
    Renata Tebaldi: Red-orange
    Shirley Verrett: Very dark purple, almost black
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    Quote Originally Posted by Celloman View Post
    Are you a synasthesiac?
    I could be, as I frequently connect sounds with colors. On other hand, sometimes images come to mind, rather than colors.

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    Christopher Purves = melted 86% cocoa dark chocolate
    Julia Lezhneva = a clarinet
    Zachary Wilder = breath of fresh air

    These are just the ones that immediately come to mind. People who know me probably expect me to come up with a list of countertenor voices (which would be tempting) but I find they are harder to describe. But I may post here again.
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