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    Can Eileen Farrell be considered the best vocalist of the recording era since she managed to sing both popular music and opera VERY well? Has there been anyone else who managed to do that?

    And my second question: Just how good was she really when it came to opera? I've heard a lot of people say that she is very underrated and I presume that's because she only sang opera 'part time'. Is she in the same league as the likes of Callas, Sutherland, Tebaldi etc or is she not quite at that level.

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    A first-rate voice and a fine musician, excellent in different kinds of opera as well as in song, classical and popular. I don't like to do comparisons in general terms, but I'll quote Callas (roughly): "The Met can hardly be considered a serious artistic institution; they don't even have Farrell." Callas wasn't careless with compliments. I think there's general regret that she didn't sing more opera than she did, but she did plenty of concert work. Her "crossover" accomplishments were somewhat paralleled by another rich-voiced soprano, Helen Traubel, though Traubel didn't get as far into jazz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    I think there's general regret that she didn't sing more opera than she did, but she did plenty of concert work.
    At one point Eileen Farrell had a placard on her desk: "I hate opera."

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    Verdi Arias

    Eileen Farrell (soprano)

    Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Max Rudolf


    Link to complete album -

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...5QT2hHCG_vCg3Q

    Works

    Verdi: Ecco l'orrido campo … Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa (from Un ballo in maschera)
    Verdi: Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)
    Verdi: Ritorna vincitor! (from Aida)
    Verdi: Tacea la notte (from Il Trovatore)


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    The Magnificent Voice Of Eileen Farrell

    Eileen Farrell (soprano), The London Festival Chorus (chorus)

    The London Festival Orchestra, Robert Sharples


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    trad.: Deep River
    trad.: Nobody knows the trouble I seen
    trad.: Piece of Mind
    trad.: We Shall Overcome
    Arlen: I Got Dat Feelin'
    Brahe: Bless this house
    Firestone: If l could tell you (Marshall)
    Malotte: The Lord's Prayer
    Rasbach: Trees
    Rodgers, R: Carousel
    Rodgers, R: If I Loved You (from Carousel)
    Rodgers, R: The Sound of Music: 'Climb Every Mountain'
    Rodgers, R: You'll never walk alone (from Carousel)


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    I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues

    Eileen Farrell

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    Arlen: Blues in the Night
    Arlen: I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
    Barris: Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
    Berlin, I: Supper Time
    Duke, V: Taking a Chance on Love
    Ellington: I Got it Bad (and that Ain't Good)
    Gershwin: A Foggy Day (In London Town)
    Gershwin: Looking For A Boy
    Gershwin: Somebody Loves Me
    Gershwin: The Man I Love
    Heusen: The Second Time Around
    Howard, B: Fly Me to the Moon
    Kern: I'm old-fashioned (from You Were Never Lovelier)
    Lane, B: Old Devil Moon
    McHugh: On the sunny side of the street
    Rodgers, R: Glad To Be Unhappy
    Rodgers, R: He was too good to me
    Rodgers, R: My Funny Valentine
    Rodgers, R: Ten Cents A Dance
    Weill, K: September Song

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    Eileen Farrell was indeed outstanding. My favorite recording of her exists in bad sound, but it is sensational. This Depuis le jour:


    Her recordings show that she could have been on a level with the very greatest.

    Dorothy Kirsten was also extremely successful in both opera and popular music:

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    Out 01-31-20
    Includes ( finally the Medea= must have.)
    On DG she does a fabulous Elizabeth 1 opposite Sills in Maria Stuarda.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vivalagentenuova View Post
    Eileen Farrell was indeed outstanding. My favorite recording of her exists in bad sound, but it is sensational. This Depuis le jour:


    Her recordings show that she could have been on a level with the very greatest.

    Dorothy Kirsten was also extremely successful in both opera and popular music:
    So she's not quite there in terms of skill because she didn't dedicated enough time to it? Or is it just recognition that you're referring to?

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    I saw her in concert at around age 11 year of age in Jackson, MS. She never really cut loose. It was supposed to be a gigantic voice, but I can't attest to that. Of course, Jackson,MS is not somewhere I would be inspired to go the extra mile. The best opera recording I heard of her was in the big Siegfried duet. She was great in popular music. She did more popular recordings that Traubel but I think Traubel made more money in popular music. When Traubel was kicked out of the Met she doubled her income singing in supper clubs. One of the greatest performances in any pop music is Blues in the Night by Farrell.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCmiuoVFwDA. In Blues in the Night she sings a really spectacular F below middle C. For popular music Farrell would move the mic 6 feet back from her as her voice overpowered the mic normally. In the 50's and 60's she could sing up to C, but by the 70's she would substitute other notes when she sang the Dawn Duet from Gotterdammerung. What Farrell was well known for was a voice without any obvious transitions in the regeisters from the bottom to the top. She recorded a number of pop albums in her 70's. By this time she was a deep contralto in terms of range, often singing around the D below middle C. She said she no longer vocalized any more. For the best cross section of her operatic singing I suggest the movie Interrupted Melody, where she sang all the opera and pop songs for the character of the opera star Marjorie Lawrence. It is the best of all worlds as you get Farrell's spectacular singing and the breathtakingly beautiful Eleanor Parker lip syncing to the music. Farrell has a walk on role as the plump music teacher.
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    Duplicate post. Sorry.
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    Her "To this we've come" from The Consul was totally spectacular!

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    Something else that put her in a ratified class is she is one of the few dramatic sopranos who was adept at coloratura. This can best be seen in her version of Ernani, Ernani, involami. She sang Casta Diva in concert but said it was too much work and didn't sing it anymore. But she could sing it.
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    And let's not forget her Wagner:

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    Yet one other musing. She was a great interpreter of popular songs, but I found her operatic singing to be perfectly sung , extraordinarily beautiful, but not always a deep interpretation. Just my opinion. She was no Callas.
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    Arguably the best vocalist of the recording era then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baritenor View Post
    Arguably the best vocalist of the recording era then?
    Certainly one of the most versatile vocalists, being spectacular both at opera and pop. Trauble was her only serious competiton, though Renee Fleming was quite good at pop.

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