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Thread: The Soprano Assoluta and its place in the world of Opera today

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    Susan Chilcott (live)



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    Does anyone hear what I'm not hearing from LaGrange? And I'm not even contrasting her with any of the great Fiordiligis.
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    Lagrange seems to be walking on eggs, unwilling to let the voice out, pulling back when she should let go and expand. Maybe she's trying to be "Mozartean" or something, but it seems the sort of genteel, inhibited singing Callas inveighed against when coaching young singers in Mozart. The top isn't quite free, the vibrato slowing, and occasionally she telegraphs "here is my chest voice." A pretty voice, but an unfinished singer and artist. Chilcott is more satisfying, even if she's weak at the bottom and I couldn't pick out her voice in a lineup.

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    Not being familiar with either the singers or aria affords me the opportunity of not having to compare with other singers.
    Something seems strange in the voice of Michele Lagrange. It sounds as though she believes someone in the room is sleeping so she's being careful not to disturb them by singing full voice, OR is it her complete voice, which has a lovely rich tone to it but I feel is holding back.
    On the other hand Susan Chilcott, another voice unfamiliar to me, has an absolutely stunning soprano sound. Whether she is truly considered a soprano assoluta or not is another question, but even sans her missing trill I definitely prefer her presentation.

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    I do not think either of the singers above are assoluto sopranos. I posted Chilcott’s aria just to contrast with LaGrange’s funky vocalism.

    I don’t think there are any singers in that category these days.

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