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    Quote Originally Posted by Barelytenor View Post
    Interestingly (at least à moi), in my OCD filing system, Dessay, Deutekom, and di Donato all butt right up against one another. What are the odds?
    Obviously Donizetti had in them in mind with his three queens butting up against one another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Obviously Donizetti had in them in mind with his three queens butting up against one another.
    I'm not so sure about that. However, that's a great idea for a new thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barelytenor View Post
    ^That extra little sheen and shimmer that you hear in Popp's voice is what makes me love her so much. George
    Completely agree. Her Janacek is (not surprisingly) brilliant. I have less experience of her singing Italian opera roles but regardless, the voice is wonderful
    Last edited by aussiebushman; May-12-2018 at 03:42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Conte View Post
    Aren't there snippets of her singing it in the recordings of the Juliard masterclasses?

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    That's true. I'd forgotten about the masterclasses. But, as you say, snippets only.
    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barelytenor View Post
    ^That extra little sheen and shimmer that you hear in Popp's voice is what makes me love her so much.
    I agree, but I'm not sure it's what the role of the Queen of the Night requires. Rather like De Los Angeles, I just can't imagine the lovely Ms Popp ever being mean to anyone.

    "It's not enough to have a beautiful voice." Maria Callas

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    "My brothers, there's not a sinner in the world to whom the way of redemption is closed!"
    --Minne in Puccini's La Fanciulla del West.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Excellent. Who is that?

    I've always wondered why the high coloratura part of this sounds so cheerful. It must be an 18th-century thing. Haydn's masses can have very happy "Kyries."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Excellent. Who is that?

    I've always wondered why the high coloratura part of this sounds so cheerful. It must be an 18th-century thing. Haydn's masses can have very happy "Kyries."
    Ana Durlovski. Here is the Amazon link to the DVD of it. I just discovered here is my new Sonnambula DVD and she is totally captivating in appearance, voice, and acting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fritz Kobus View Post
    Quite a costume!

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    I'm not a big opera fan but this is a favourite of mine. Lucia Popp for me (at the moment).

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    Merle - we need to do some gentle conversion work on you!

    Opera can be an acquired taste and it is very easy to gain wrong impressions by listening to works that alien to whatever musical styles you already enjoy.

    If you have found pleasure in listening to Lucia Popp, Wikipedia lists all of the Popp recordings here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucia_Popp and there is an excellent biography here: http://www.diarci.com/2014/04/27/the...iana-troyanos/

    I suggest that rather than jump into complete operas, try a selection of excepts/highlights - many of which are available on YouTube
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