Joy Fleisig

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (17 of 17)
Location: New York, NY United States
Birthday: Sept. 16
In My Own Words:
I'm passionate about the glory of the human voice, and while I think opera is the best vehicle for this, I also love the great choral works and classical song of other kinds. My other main musical interests are nonvocal forms of classical music, show music and film music, folk, and some 'new age'- especially that of a folk character (Enya, Loreena McKennitt), and the great vocalists like Frank Sin… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 367,755 - Total Helpful Votes: 17 of 17
Nessun Dorma ~ R/Elder;M-Orch O/T Roya Alagna
Nessun Dorma ~ R/Elder;M-Orch O/T Roya Alagna
The composers of the verismo school made it their mission to take opera away from the gods, royalty and nobles which it had exclusively depicted in the previous centuries and to finally have it concern people who lived 'real lives.' Unfortunately, too many opera fans and performers - especially tenors - make the mistake of assuming that the intense passions and 'crude realism' depicted by these composers is a license for excessive sobbing, gulping, screaming, macho posturing and other inartistic distortions of the music and drama. Roberto Alagna doesn't. What is so wonderful about his new disc of verismo arias is that none of what he sings is here merely a 'tenor showpiece'. His emotion is… Read more
Mysterium Sacred Arias ~ Angela/Martin;I-Lond Gheorghiu
Mysterium Sacred Arias ~ Angela/Martin;I-Lond Gheorghiu
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
'Mysterium', Angela Gheorghiu's offering of sacred music from both the Romanian Orthodox and Western spiritual traditions, is a very personal statement from this great soprano. She grew up during the infamous Nicolae Caescescu dictatorship, where religious music, though barely tolerated, was still one of the few ways one could express oneself and escape the terrors of everyday life. All of this music, both Romanian and European, has very strong spiritual and emotional significance for Gheorghiu - in fact, the album is dedicated to her sister 'Nina' (Elena Burlacu Dan, who was killed in a car accident in 1996). The soprano's astonishing voice, huge palette of tonal colors, superb technique,… Read more
Golden Key by Melanie Rawn
Golden Key by Melanie Rawn
A brilliant painter's ambition to become the greatest artist who ever lived - and unnaturally extend his life long enough to do so - causes him to pervert his family's magics in this wonderful and highly original fantasy from bestselling authors Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliot. In a setting similar to medieval/Renaissance Spain or Italy (one of my favorite historical periods), the authors create here a magnificent canvas of beauty, love, bravery, cruelty, treachery, jealousy, political infighting, religious pageantry, war, plague, revolution, and, of course, artistic genius. As others have commented, this is not the standard 'hero/heroine on a quest' or 'wizard waves wand'… Read more