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Thread: Callas the Greatest Operatic Actor... BUT there are other great talents. Name them.

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    Valerie Masterson! gawd yes! I just seen her on a re-run of BBC show "The Good old Days." Beautiful singer and a beautiful woman!
    Did I miss something already?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Il Maestro View Post
    I'm surprised no one has mentioned Natalie Dessay yet.
    Joyce DiDonato, Jonas Kauffmann, Simon Keenlyside and Peter Mattei are pretty good too.
    Yes Dessay and DiDonato for sure. Kauffmann and Florez. Teresa Berganza too!

    Never heard of Simon Keenlyside and Peter Mattei, so can't comment.
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    Let us not forget Diana Soviero.

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    Did someone mentioned Baltsa already?
    Her Eboli portrayal in Salzburg is second to none, the Carmen is pretty well too
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    Gobbi and Corelli!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    Did someone mentioned Baltsa already?
    Her Eboli portrayal in Salzburg is second to none, the Carmen is pretty well too
    Yes I did, but you probably didn't notice.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Ferruccio Furlanetto - underrated, probably because he is a bass, and basses rarely get much love. Siepi and Pinza were about as big as basses could get, but they weren't "huge stars"

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    If I could only name 2 top actor-singers (one soprano and one tenor) my easy choices would be:
    1. Soprano: Magda Olivero https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUBMb_CHsQA
    2. Tenor: Neil Shicoff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HavZY7vUMyY

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    I guess it begs the question, how many singers have acted outside of the opera house?

    Callas was formidible in her sadly brief movie career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalieriIsInnocent View Post
    Ferruccio Furlanetto - underrated, probably because he is a bass, and basses rarely get much love. Siepi and Pinza were about as big as basses could get, but they weren't "huge stars"
    Then there is Nicola Rossi-Lemeni. You really can see and hear what the king is feeling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CISZ9EZLbs

    And then there is Boris Christoff who certainly does a pretty good death scene.

    Part 1

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIjmrOaRZMI

    Part 2

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcyykNo1CMc
    "First I sing loud. When I start to run out of breath I sing softer" Giuseppe Di Stefano on his Faust high c diminuendo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Fatale View Post
    I guess it begs the question, how many singers have acted outside of the opera house?

    Callas was formidible in her sadly brief movie career.
    If only she had picked a better film. I don't really like Pasolini, but I have to admit that I have only seen Medea. The only good thing about the film is Callas. For me at least.
    "First I sing loud. When I start to run out of breath I sing softer" Giuseppe Di Stefano on his Faust high c diminuendo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diminuendo View Post
    If only she had picked a better film. I don't really like Pasolini, but I have to admit that I have only seen Medea. The only good thing about the film is Callas. For me at least.
    I LOVE Pasolini, but you need to see Il vangelo secondo Matteo before you write him off completely.

    N.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    I LOVE Pasolini, but you need to see Il vangelo secondo Matteo before you write him off completely.

    N.

    I second this, and saying" I don't like Pasolini" is beyond words.

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    Varnay and Rysenek were both formidable in the film version of Elektra. The close ups of Varnay when she reacts to her daughter Elektra are electrifying.

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    For me it's

    Tito Gobbi (you know he is)
    Renata Scotto (easily best Elisabetta di Valois captured on video - may be problematic vocally but best acting ever. Damn, have you seen her Francesca da Rimini? Manon Lescaut? Adina? Angelica?)

    then all the rest.
    Last edited by Azol; Feb-17-2016 at 09:44.

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