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Subject: Re: Dramatic Verdian mezzos today
From: Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Maria Louise Augusta Helleberg <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 6 Feb 2018 11:02:27 +0100
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Sonia Ganassi does sing Eboli. So does Elina Garanca. Buty the Russian
girls seems to have taken over thet repertoire -
the last 5 Amneris-mezzos I have heard were either Russian or Ukrainian.
Anita Rach could do Amneris, Eboli but theatres seem to want her primarily
for Carmen.
Maria Helleberg

2018-02-05 21:16 GMT+01:00 David Kubiak <[log in to unmask]>:

> As to the collapse of Italian singing, I think we tend to underestimate how
> close we were for a long time to the sources of the tradition.  Tebaldi and
> Corelli's parents might have known Puccini; she made her debut with a
> conductor who played in the orchestra at the first 'Otello'.  Loss of
> connection to that tradition, plus the world-wide plummet in musical taste,
> and the fact that even the people who do study classically boast that they
> never listen to older singers, is inflicting what i believe will eventually
> be a fatal blow to the art form.
>
> I saw recently what I thought was a very thought-provoking YouTube clip of
> Domingo in 'Stifelio' in 1995, which I mention only with great respect for
> the tenor.  He sounds fine for a few bars, although looks distressed.  Then
> all of a sudden, he began a phrase that could only be described as sounding
> like a squeeking mouse.  He tried again; same result.  Then he put his hand
> on his heart and shook his head to the audience.  My thought was how
> incredibly difficult a human art must be when the slightest inflammation of
> a tiny piece of the body can make the difference between hurling 'Esultate'
> to the back of the house, and sounding like a trapped rodent.  I think
> great
> operatic singing just takes too much effort and is too precarious a way to
> make a living for the vast majority of young people today, in Italy or
> elsewhere -- if they decide to sing at all it's just much easier to scream
> and not worry too much.
>
> That said, who again was the Azucena on the 'Trovatore' broadcast
> yesterday?
>  She sounded like the real thing.  I did not in the least like the Manrico
> and Leonora.  The latter screamed, and the former sounded like he was doing
> an unsuccessful imitation of Jonas Kaufmann -- thick, congested singing
> with
> oddly deformed vowels.
>
> David Kubiak
>
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