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Subject: OLIVERO (Formerly, Vocal longevity, Late Flagstad recordings)
From: David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:David Shengold <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:51:06 +0000

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Les Mitnick wrote:

She lacked a florid technique, which Callas had in abundance, and of course she never sang Rossini, Bellini, or Donizetti --------- and probably little if any Verdi. 


Hi Les

Much of what you wrote about Olivero is of course true, but may I respectfully suggest you do a Youtube search for:

"Magda Olivero "E strano...Sempre libera" La Traviata". She's no Tetrazzini, but 'no florid techinque'?

Plus, Olivero in her early seasons sang Nannetta and Gilda as well as Violetta (which she retained longer in her repertory). Her Scala debut was as Anna in NABUCCO. And she *did* sing Donizetti: Ines in LA FAVORITA--a seconda donna role but one demanding a florid technique.

Olivero also later sang the Cherubini/Lachner MEDEA, though approaching it from a veristic sensibility.

Sweeping generalization: It is usually prudent to avoid sweeping generalizations.

In terms of vocal longevity: no one has mentioned the remarkable late recordings of Mattia Battistini.

Cheers- David

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