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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    what I wanna know is why basses tend to be tall and lean while contraltos are usually stocky with broader faces
    You also have basses who are tall and Oh-My-God. Like Matti Salminen.
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    The young Norwegian soprano Lisa Davidsen has a large face and a statuesque body. She is moving into the dramatic repertory and recently made her Bayreuth debut. Here she is singing a Grieg song in 2015:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlaGx4Zw69k

    I rather think Flagstad did in fact have a large face:

    Flagstad as Leonore.jpg

    These two ladies almost look distantly related, which, given the same ethnos, they probably are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott in PA View Post
    The young Norwegian soprano Lisa Davidsen has a large face and a statuesque body. She is moving into the dramatic repertory and recently made her Bayreuth debut. Here she is singing a Grieg song in 2015:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlaGx4Zw69k

    I rather think Flagstad did in fact have a large face:

    Flagstad as Leonore.jpg

    These two ladies almost look distantly related, which, given the same ethnos, they probably are.
    Flagstad's face got much much bigger as she gained weight in her 50's. Big cheeks and full neck.02TVmJgy42.jpg
    An interesting observation about the gigantic size of her voice. Supposedly it always sounded like she was standing right in front of you and even soft and piano singing carried over the orchestra, allowing her great latitude in shading the music.
    Last edited by Seattleoperafan; Oct-18-2019 at 01:41.

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