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  1. Solved Cases (archive)
    This guy displays an extremely high level of singing, but I don't recognize him. Any ideas? Sounds like late 1920s or early 1930s, but sometimes Soviet recording technology made things sound older than they were.
  2. Opera
    Few myths surrounding opera singers grate my cheese more than the persistent nonsense written about Mario Del Monaco. According to many critics, he is an unsubtle shouter and bellower who blasts through otherwise beautiful music while displaying no artistry. That's perhaps the strongest version...
  3. Off Topic Pub
    On Friday night (11/3), Ballet West, Utah's pro ballet company, put on something rather unique. The first half of the performance was George Balanchine's "Serenade." Very well-done. The second half of the performance after the intermission was something I've never experienced before. It was the...
  4. Opera
    The date is 1919 and it was signed in New York City. Was he singing a particular role at the Met in 1919?
  5. Opera
    Mezza voce singing really moves me. Many singers do it, but some are special. Franco Corelli for being able to do it and of course being fantastic. Beniamino Gigli who does it so beautifully and when he later over used it you couldn't care less. He does it so splendidly. And of course Renata...
  6. Opera
    Hasn't been a whole lot of controversy lately, so I thought I'd spice things up a bit :devil: The premise is straightforward enough: post a few of your feather-ruffling opera-related opinions. Additionally, you are free to debate some of the opinions which others have listed. Only rule is: make...
  7. Solved Cases (archive)
    In this video, what piece is the soprano singing at the start of this video (and at 1.14) Thanks! :)
  8. Non-Classical Music
    Can anyone tell me about the singing in ragas in Indian classical music? I get opposing information. Some say it is repetition of the notes they are singing; some say it is chanting without a specific meaning. I would love to know more about it.
  9. Opera on DVD, Blu-ray and CD
    Rather than just the whole Wagner catalogue I'm interested in your opinions of recordings of this act as an entity of its own. One of the many peculiarities of the Ring is that this is many fans' favourite act of the Ring, yet contains only 3 relatively minor characters. Help me make sense of...
  10. Opera
    How do you feel about it? Like it? Not? As a Wagner fan, I didn't like it at first, but I have come to like it a lot. You? :tiphat:
  11. Opera
    Sometimes when I listen to opera I'm so into it that I can't hear or see anything. Then there are times that opera is the perfect background music. Sometimes I have to sing along. Occasionally I just listen singers diction, how she or he sings and the singers technique. If I want to enjoy...
  12. Opera
    Acting, singing, everything combined...............
  13. Voice and Choir
    I am in my 20s. I have begun classical singing lessons few months ago but I stopped due to hectic schedule in school . The voice teacher said I am most probably a light/leggiero tenor but I doubt so because my high notes are not very easy and I thought I did a fairly credible job singing art...
  14. Vocal Music
    doesn't have to be anything serious, just sing a little blurb and post it. for starters, I'm feeling like a bass today, so here's a silly bit of me singing "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" http://vocaroo.com/i/s1f186vYa1be PS: of course, if you actually are a talented singer (and...
  15. Non-Classical Music
    Easily one of the best Brit trip hop groups ever. Beth Gibbons is the bel canto of postmodern singing... torch singing that is.
  16. Opera
    In the annals of great Bruinhildes and Isoldes one usually comes across Flagstad,Traubel, Leider, Varnay and Nilsson. I've never heard Margaret Harshaw included in this list. I have come to know her because Sirius/XM Met Opera Channel often plays her performances from the 1950's.She sang 22...
  17. Vocal Music
    I have no knowledge of music theory (I just know what I like) and I have no knowledge of voice physiology. Recently a young friend of mine who is studying opera at the university and who is a mezzo mentioned that her favorite opera is Carmen, because the lead is sung by a mezzo, but that she...
  18. Opera
    So, what's the hardest opera role ever in your opinion? Choose one or few, or maybe choose an another role, sorry if there's not enough of them. I'll go to Brünnhilde.
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