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    Ok this guy had some issues, but just how good was the voice? Experts of TC, who have taught me so much, how does he measure up against the greats in vocal talent alone?


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    A major voice. Why haven't I heard him before? I'd guess from the pseudo-afro that this concert was in the '70s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    A major voice. Why haven't I heard him before? I'd guess from the pseudo-afro that this concert was in the '70s.
    He was a mess. Lots of antics. I think before long people didn't want to work with him.

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    ^^^^

    Still can't believe that Karajan did, that Trovatore with Price is dreadful, should be destroyed.
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogerx View Post
    ^^^^

    Still can't believe that Karajan did, that Trovatore with Price is dreadful, should be destroyed.
    It is certainly not dreadful. It has been picked as the best recording available in some publications.

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    A great voice but a terrible artist. I saw him once in a concert performance of Turandot at the Barbican (with Sylvia Sass as Turandot and Barbara Hendricks stealing the show as Liu). His voice was fine and the top notes one of its glories. That said, he was so proud of them that he thrust chest up and arms out on every one as if waiting for an ovation that never came. This behaviour was so pronounced that many people in the audience began to titter. He was like a caraciture of a bone-headed Italian tenor.
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    The man sings like a total pig. Heavy, forced accents on every note in the first few measures. I have known of him for a long time but cannot abide hearing him. Wonderful instrument, terrible musicianship.

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    I've never warmed to him, but have only heard him in the role of Manrico on the Karajan studio Trovatore and the Verona DVD. He was an example of everything that is wrong with the provincial Italian operatic style. He somehow managed to make Verona look like too refined an arena for his 'art'. The above clip is even worse than I remember him. There is the making of a fine voice there, but it is totally hampered by his total lack of artistry.

    He was also known for being very difficult to work with due to a number of flaws in his make up. He was extremely paranoid and thought his colleagues were trying to poison him!

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    His power had power. His tops were awesome (and his ego made sure you knew it. )
    He'd stop the show and yell at the audience if they booed him.
    A real character.

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    Is there a tenor on the scene today with top notes like his?

    Check out this somewhat distasteful Nessun Dorma lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by nina foresti View Post
    His power had power. His tops were awesome (and his ego made sure you knew it. )
    He'd stop the show and yell at the audience if they booed him.
    A real character.
    But he's on his best behavior on the DG Tosca recording with Vishnevskaya, Manuguerra, and Rostropovich.

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    Antonenko's top notes are a bit like that. I really don't like Bonisolli's voice irrespective of the poor musicality and style. This isn't even good technique. The registers aren't completely integrated and it is all far too effortful.

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    He was of course infamous for losing it at a rehearsal of Trovatore with Karajan (of all people) and throwing a sword at the conductor and storming off. Karajan characteristically never missed a beat and called Domingo in as a substitute. The result is available on DVD.

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    YouTube has a good bit of Bonisolli. He seems to have been able to sing tastefully when he chose to. There's some singing here that I would say puts any contemporary tenor in the shade:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8_9-93mjq4&t=332s

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    He was of course infamous for losing it at a rehearsal of Trovatore with Karajan (of all people) and throwing a sword at the conductor and storming off. Karajan characteristically never missed a beat and called Domingo in as a substitute. The result is available on DVD.
    Karajan's Trovatore with Domingo, of course, not the sword throwing incident!

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