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    Default Best Beverly Sills on CD and DVD

    Some have noted that not all the Sills recordings are that great. For example, her voice was not the best for Donizetti's Three Queens, yet there are many operas she excelled at and was a perfect soprano for. I will start by saying that perhaps one of her best roles is Rosina in Barber of Seville, particularly in this video which sadly needs to be converted to DVD (I think maybe www.premiereoperaintl.com has it on DVD):

    www.amazon.com/dp/6301272269/

    Another great one for Beverly is this sung-in-English video:


    I think for CD, Tales of Hoffman is a good one:
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    I imagine Bubbles would have been a hoot in Fille (especially if seen in the theatre). However, she had the kind of voice that I'm not a fan of (rather generic lyric soprano). Whilst it was inevitable that she would specialise in Mozart or bel canto with that type of instrument, I don't find her musicality and stylistic approach work in most bel canto. I find her extra ornamentation fussy and contrived and her phrasing often bruises the melodic lines.

    I remember listening to her Hoffmann when I was reviewing recordings of the opera and there was little I liked in her set (mostly let down by the others) and I remember thinking that she was only really suited to Olympia. I'm in two minds about Hoffmann, none of the sopranos who sang all three/four parts and feature on recordings totally convinces me. Perhaps it's better to have three divas.

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    Here is a fun one:
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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    I'd plump for



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

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    Her Ballad of Baby Doe is essential. I'd say her Cleopatra is too, if you don't mind a somewhat rearranged Giulio Cesare with the title role transposed for bass (Norman Treigle).
    Last edited by Woodduck; Mar-10-2020 at 21:58.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    Her Ballad of Baby Doe is essential. I'd say her Cleopatra is too, if you don't mind a somewhat rearranged Giulio Cesare with the title role transposed for bass (Norman Treigle).
    Unfortunately I do. I find historic Handel recordings really difficult to listen to. Although a lot of modern recordings feature singers that all sound the same. I was listening to the Curtis Alcina with DiDonato last night and comparing it to Sutherland's one. Pros and cons, although in the end I decided that I don't really like the opera apart from a few of the arias.

    I don't know the Ballad of Baby Doe, I should rectify that (and perhaps I will end up buying my first Sills recording!)

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