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Subject: Re: Katia Ricciarelli
From: Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Rich Lowenthal <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:39:53 -0400

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Others will disagree but I believe she is one of the sopranos destroyed by
von Karajan. In the 80's he pushed her (and she accepted) roles that were
really too much for her voice, such as Turandot and Aida. She truly excelled
earlier in her career in lighter roles, and had she taken things more slowly
(or avoided some of the more challenging parts) would likely have had a much
longer career. It's sad, for she was superb early on. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Discussion of opera and related issues
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Kubiak
Sent: Friday, September 30, 2016 3:32 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Katia Ricciarelli

The career of Katia Ricciarelli is one I never paid much attention to, but I
stumbled on some YouTube clips of a London "Luisa Miller" from 1979.  As my
students would say, her singing there is "like seriously good" -- to me the
basic sound of the voice is more beautiful than Caballé's.  Hearing her at
the time I would have predicted she would mature into a splendid Norma. 
What on earth happened?  Was it a case of di Stefano-like self-destruction,
or singing with a natural gift that just gave out at a certain point?  Aside
from di Stefano I can hardly think of a singer who sounded so good and then
so bad.

Thanks for any insight.

David Kubiak

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