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Who's Your Favorite Opera Diva?  
User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

I am utterly captivated by Montserrat Caballe's tone and her superb control and ability to sing the most delicate pianissimo passages. And she's still singing today, even though she's 78 (and of course no longer at her vocal peak). Sure Sutherland was a stunner up high and Callas was a looker and a fierce performer, etc., but Caballe is my favorite (principally for bel canto opera). I think Superfly would probably agree.

A few videos from YouTube:

Inflammatus from Rossini's Stabat Mater

Casta Diva from Bellini's Norma

Vissi d'Arte from Puccini's Tosca

Barcelona with Freddie Mercury


1982

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v284/Fleetwing1627/CaballeinTraviata-Barcelona73.jpg1973


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User currently offlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2141 times:

Birgit Nilsson aka La Nilsson, a supreme Wagner opera diva:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mOA8pZ_I4M

//Mike  

[Edited 2011-06-22 07:09:06]


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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2113 times:

Nilsson was the best Wagnerian soprano of the 20th century. She had that rare voice that could tolerate his music without quickly going to pieces from the stress. That's also why she was the highest paid singer at the Met for a long time, due to her Wagnerian specialization.

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7582 posts, RR: 42
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Plavalaguna!!!   


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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2061 times:

Favourite Opera Diva

Past: Maria Callas

Où va la jeune Hindoue Lakmé/Delibes
a most wonderful and quite difficult vocal performance (aria for soprano with coloratura)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vN6IXWo_bpg


Present: Anna Netrebko

A. Dvořák - Rusalka
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwuNqcKUxto
not only does she have the voice... she is incredibly beautiful...


Latin America
Bidu Sayao (1902-1999)

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. Heitor Villa-Lobos
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NvNxmqFxdU&feature=related
with ensemble conducted by Heitor Villa-Lobos

**

Favourite Opera Divo

Past:

Luciano Pavarotti
E Lucevan le stelle - Tosca 1990
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEWX9RDdcpE

Present

Roberto Alagna
La Marseillaise
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXXst...playnext=1&list=PLC0844684E75D900C


Latin America

Juan Diego Florez
La flor de la canela por Chabuca Granda
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uIN1oqdtQY

  



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8841 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Diva Plavalaguna




Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3863 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2041 times:

For the opera it's Beverly Sills




However, for an everyday diva...




Ain't I a stinker?
User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

Luciano Pavarotti Live in 1969 in Donizetti's La Fille du Régiment (apparently recorded at Teatro alla Scala - Milano)

Ah! mes amis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL1Dp5tY3U0&feature=related

Amazing voice! the several high C's... so perfect!

  



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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1950 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2013 times:

I'm not a giant fan of opera as spectacle, but I do love amazing voices.

In the present:

Diana Damrau. Hands down for coloratura and acting, rock solid pitch, incredible agility and beautiful tone.

(Also the best Queen of the Night of all time)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvuKxL4LOqc

For chilling tone and floating pianissimos, Marina Poplavskaya.

Quoting MD-90 (Thread starter):
Sutherland

My all time favorite from the past.

Quoting solnabo (Reply 1):
Nilsson

Totally different kind of voice, but absolutely incredible tone and stamina.

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 2):
Nilsson was the best Wagnerian soprano of the 20th century.

  

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 4):
Maria Callas

I have to say I just don't get it.

Why do people love Callas?
Shrill, off pitch...

I guess she was a great actress, but that doesn't cut it in bel canto roles. I just don't get it.

Tebaldi on the other hand, that was a voice. (Not that they even sang the same kind of roles much, but since they were "rivals"...)

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 5):
Diva Plavalaguna

lol. Oh yeah. For some bizarre reason that is one of my wife's favorite movies. While she hasn't converted me to loving the whole movie, she has totally convinced me that that scene is beyond awesome.



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2002 times:

Quoting n229nw (Reply 8):
Why do people love Callas?
Shrill, off pitch...

She was better when she was fat.


User currently offlineB6JFKH81 From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2888 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1981 times:

The J.G. Wentworth Viking, of course LOL!!!   

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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1974 times:

I like Welsh opera singer Bryn Terfel. He has a beautiful barytone voice.

Here Roberto Alagna and Bryn Terfel sing the beautiful duet "Au fond du temple saint" from Bizet's "Les Pêcheurs de perles" (Metropolitan Opera 1996)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tLrPVkfCIQ

Shenandoah, a traditional American classic. Beautiful interpretation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo4LmXemNrg

Die Walküre - Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt | The Metropolitan Opera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFpoHcXtLJA

Bryn Terfel sings Rule Britannia at the Last Night of the Proms
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR_bJFpilu8

  



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User currently onlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8152 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

Very ambivalent about opera. Have been to three and get the artistic caliber and emotional power of the performance in context. Was fortunate to see Carmen for the first one. But as opposed to the live performance, just cannot get around listening to opera out of context at home or in the car or anything of the sort. Not to mention the opera crowd where I grew up were the height of snobbery.


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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Quoting MD-90 (Thread starter):
I am utterly captivated by Montserrat Caballe's tone and her superb control and ability to sing the most delicate pianissimo passages. And she's still singing today, even though she's 78 (and of course no longer at her vocal peak). Sure Sutherland was a stunner up high and Callas was a looker and a fierce performer, etc., but Caballe is my favorite (principally for bel canto opera). I think Superfly would probably agree.

First, I was somewhat surprised (and "encouraged") to learn that anyone on this website has any interest in opera.

As for Montserrat Caballe, she is beyond "awesome" (just for her incredible voice), but there is more reason than that to "appreciate" her. Many years ago, I used to regularly attend the famous "Opera at The Zoo", held for many years at the the Cincinnati "Zoo". One summer, Montserrat Caballe was scheduled to sing the title role in ( I don't recall the opera anymore). Anyway, on her trip traveling from Europe to Cincinnati, somewhere along the way, she had an accident and sustained a broken leg. As we all know, this would certainly cause almost all artists and performers to cancel their engagements...........but not for Montserrat Caballe ! She spent a very brief stay in a hospital having her leg "attended to", then arrived in Cincinnati on the day of her scheduled performance, spent 3 or 4 hours at the Zoo in rehearsal, and appeared that evening, ( on crutches ) to the everlasting appreciation and amazement of her many fans ! I will never forget that performance !

The reviews in the Cincinnati papers the next day were "ecstatic", to say the least !

I have enjoyed many operas since that night, but I don't recall any single performance ever to receive such admiration and acclaim as that performance did.

Overall, my "taste" for opera revolves around Italian operas in general, and for Verdi's operas in particular. Even more "specific", my two very favorite operas are "Rigoletto" and "La Traviata"; I have seen both performed on many occasions, and sung by many of the world's "best of the best". For me, the all-time greatest soprano is the great Joan Sutherland. That's an easy call. As for tenors, ........ lot of great tenors, but I would definitely have to say that Placido Domingo is my "greatest of the greatest" ...........the man is simply "timeless"!

On a "side note"..........as many who know me are aware, I spent over 40 years driving "big rigs" "over the road", and like all truck drivers, I was obliged to have a CB radio on most of the time, (hoping to avoid speeding tickets) As anyone who has ever listened to CB radio is aware, most ( almost all ? ) truck drivers tend to be a "loutish bunch" and many think they need to "subject" the rest of the world to their "questionable taste in music", ( which is always "the pitts");

I had a "secret weapon" that I devised to deal with this on-going problem; frequently, when I had "my fill" of this nonsense, I would turn on my 500 watt linear amp and "subject" everyone within 20 miles to a "performance" of the great Montserrat Caballe, hitting some of the most "excruciating" high notes ever heard on the Pennsylvania Turnpike !
The "effect" was "cataclysmic" to say the least ! ( I wish I had recorded some of the "responses" ! )

Charley



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8507 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1844 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 13):
The "effect" was "cataclysmic" to say the least ! ( I wish I had recorded some of the "responses" ! )

Ah, there have been times when I've wished I could do the same.


User currently offlineV Jet From Australia, joined May 1999, 719 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1831 times:

I received a wonderful autographed photo of Montserrat Caballe from my brother in Madrid the day before yesterday. I'm thrilled with it and will take it to be framed next week.

Sutherland is my favourite very closely followed by Caballe and Horne. I love those beautiful floating long notes Caballe was able to sing. The first recording of Norma Sutherland did with Marilyn is wonderful for Marilyns low notes.


User currently offlinesolnabo From Sweden, joined Jan 2008, 852 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

Quoting Confuscius (Reply 6):
However, for an everyday diva...

You killing me

//Mike      



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