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Dvorak: Rusalka ~ Renée Fleming
Dvorak: Rusalka ~ Renée Fleming
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No matter how hard I try I cannot find a single flaw in Fleming's voice. I have put it under the microscope (headphones, countless replays, 100% of concentration) and still I haven't found the slightest flaw from bottom to top of this wonder-instrument. Deep chest register, middle of the creamiest beauty and high notes with coloratura technique that will dazzle you. Is she just a lyrical soprano? well if she is the Kanawa and Cotrubas seem like school students before her. The drama in her voice at some points is so strong it reminds you that of a dramatic soprano. Even the long pauses she deliberately makes before a very difficult coloratura line seem to enhance the dramatic effect creating… Read more
Rossini Gala ~ Gioachino Rossini
Rossini Gala ~ Gioachino Rossini
5.0 out of 5 stars DRAMATIC COLORATURA, July 10 2004
The term dramatic coloratura is used very often improperly for singers who most of the times are just pure coloraturas. The only true dramatic coloratura we have heard in the 20th century was Maria Callas and perhaps in rare occasions Christina Deutekom. I was amazed to realise that Ewa Podles is a true contralto dramatic coloratura. Her range is huge from low Gs to high Cs her intonation excellent, her coloratura amazing and she can indeed colorise! We don't have to "imagine" the vocal colors in her voice, they are actually there.
Only a true dramatic coloratura could sing "Mura felici" with such a dramatic and melody-revealing way. Then only a true dramatic… Read more
1952/1954 Live In Rome/San Re ~ Maria Callas
Callas in 1952 demonstrated a kind of singing that no one else ever manifested in the 20th century. Absolute prfection of tone and chromatising over a huge range from deep contralto to high soprano.
This version of Lakme's aria was used by the vocal teacher G M Moore as an example of a perfect trill and a perfect E natural at the final cadenza. The coloratura technique was described as "absolutely stunning" by the famous teacher. The Agility in the opening soaring vocalising scales SURPASSES even that of Sutherland's as it reminds us of the thinest air endless waving. (curiously Sutherland's voice seemed to stumble a bit in these opening scales).
Lucia's mad scene is… Read more