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Subject: Re: Kaufman in Otello… NY Times:
From: Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kenneth Bleeth <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:15:40 -0400
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Exactly. You can hear him swelling head voice from piano to forte in a
YouTube clip of "Già nella notte densa" with Harteros (
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqThr6QjECo)

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Maxwell Paley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I've never heard him actually use falsetto in performance. I know there
> are issues of terminology here but there's a big difference between a fully
> supported head voice (which I've heard him do many times) vs. falsetto.
> True falsetto isn't going to project out into the house as his soft singing
> does. He's also always shown the capability of swelling the sound to a
> forte which doesn't work with falsetto.
>
> It's somewhat like reading about a tenor singing a high C (or even B-flat)
> "in chest voice." If anybody sang any note higher than the E above middle C
> in chest voice, it would be a shout. The B-flat or C above that in chest
> voice would be an appalling scream.
>
> Max Paley
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jun 22, 2017, at 15:36, tom ponti <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > After reading that review, I listened to various Kaufman performances on
> You Tube. There are times when I really like him, but sometimes, his vocal
> fluctuations can be annoying. In some arias he can overdo the falsetto or
> soft sound and then sound almost like a baritone.  I really wish I had the
> chance to see him live to really know the sound and size of his voice. Oh
> well, perhaps my ears were not interested in opera tonight-LOL!
> >
> >
> > ________________________________
> > From: Discussion of opera and related issues <[log in to unmask]>
> on behalf of Les Mitnick <[log in to unmask]>
> > Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:14 PM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Re: [OPERA-L] Kaufman in Otello… NY Times:
> >
> > Miguel:
> >
> >     Thanks so much for sharing this with us.  What a review!   I am not
> at all surprised at Kaufmann's success.  Capricious he may be,
> cancellation-happy he may also be.  His Met career may be over (his
> decision), and he probably couldn't care less.  He's at the peak of his
> profession and can call the shots.  He's a sell-out anywhere he chooses to
> appear.  How many singers in the past held these kind of cards?
> >
> > Caruso, Flagstad, Melchior, Callas, Toscanini, Pavarotti, Sutherland,
> Horne?    Rare is the opera singer who can sell a house out on the strength
> of their name.  Kaufmann is certainly one of them.  If there's a person who
> would turn down a ticket to hear and see him, there are ten more who would
> grab the opportunity.
> >
> >     He is definitely this generation's "divo".
> >
> >     I'm sure this Otello will be available on DVD.  I can't wait.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >>
> >>    On June 22, 2017 at 3:37 PM Miguel A De Virgilio <
> [log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>
> >>    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/22/arts/music/jonas-
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> >>
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