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Thread: Eileen Farrell:best vocalist of the recording era?And just how good was she at opera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAS View Post
    Farrell never did it for me. Good voice? Yes. But in opera she was not in her element. Stolid, placid, square.
    Try the immolation scene with Bernstein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Try the immolation scene with Bernstein.
    Thanks, I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonetan View Post
    She was incredible, & like Balalaika said I would't complain if someone said that she's the best ever, but I don't understand why singing both genres makes her a better singer than someone who stuck to just one...
    Because opera is supposedly the neurosurgery of singing and not a lot of people can do it well (little less at world calss level).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Good point. Was she the best singer in opera? The best in jazz? For me the answer in both cases is no. I suppose that if all else were equal her versatility would be decisive, but I doubt that either operaphiles or jazz fans would agree that all else is equal in their respective genres.
    No, she wasn't THE best at both but she was WORLD CLASS in both which is my argument for why she should perhaps be considered the best vocalist of the recording era.

    Balalaikaboy has named some other singers that have managed to excel at both genres but as far as opera goes they weren't quite at Farrell's level.
    Last edited by Baritenor; Yesterday at 22:45. Reason: bad phrasing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    I can only reply subjectively. Farrell recorded a lot more popular music than Traubel did and I enjoy her audio recordings more, but Traubel was better known as a live performer of popular music and we have no record of her performances. We do know that she was very very successful in these performances and made piles of cash. Because of her career occurring during the infancy of television, there is actually very scant video record of Traubel singing opera. There is more of a record of her singing in the Hollywood musical she was in. The only movie with Farrell singing had a beautiful actress lip syncing to her singing. It was a good partnership as Farrell had a great voice but was rather a plain Jane to look at. Traubel was a handsome and very elegant woman.
    Um your initial comment stated that Traubel was more successful than her and then I asked 'but was she actually a better vocalist than Farrell' and you replied saying, again, that she was more commercially successful. You're not following the train of thought

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