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4 Rarely Performed Operas Monserrat Caballé and Sondra Radvanovsky Share
Monserrat Caballé and Sondra Radvanovsky are two of the most revered sopranos of their generation. Caballé was well-known for her expressive voice and her immense repertoire. Meanwhile, today Radvanovsky is dominating the Italian verismo, Bel canto, and Verdi repertoire showing her range and flexibility. Both sopranos also performed a number of unknown or rarely-performed operas. To celebrate their birthdays, which are one day apart, we look at the roles these two sopranoes…
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March Madness Part 3: Lucia di Lammermoor’s High F Or Lack Thereof
There is a perception that if you don't sing an E flat at the end of the mad scene in "Lucia di Lammermoor," you don't have the voice for Donizetti's virtuoso singing. But this is a false tradition that has been implanted in opera lover's minds for too long. I once witnessed an important diva who sang a performance of Lucia without a single E Flat. She had sung the C#…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: Callas, Sutherland, Radvanovsky & The Met’s Famous ‘Norma’
A Metropolitan Opera season will start with Bellini’s “Norma” for the third time in its history when Sondra Radvanovsky, who conquered the role at the Met a few years back, takes it on on Sept. 25, 2017. Radvanovsky will join a long line of famous sopranos that have taken on the opera with the company, beginning with Lilli Lehman, who first sang the role on Feb. 27, 1890. She performed…
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Lily Pons & Monserrat Caballé Share More In Common Than You Might Expect
On first glance, you would never find the commonalities between Monserrat Caballé and Lily Pons. The two sopranos, one Spanish and the other French-American, are known for distinctly different repertoire. The former had a wide range that saw her dominate both bel canto and dramatic repertoire while the latter was best known for more delicate roles, particularly in her native tongue. And yet the two women had a lot of…
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On This Day: The Six Essential Recordings Of Giovanna D’Arco
Giuseppe Verdi's "Giovanna d'Arco" is the seventh opera the composer wrote with its premiere coming on Feb. 15 , 1845. While the opera is considered one of the lesser works by Verdi and has at times been criticized for its choral music, the work does have a lot of merit, particularly in its writing for the character of Giovanna. It is for this reason that many leading sopranos have been…
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Teatro Alla Scala 2016-17 Season: Francesco Meli Leads An All Star Cast In Peter Stein’s New Production Of ‘Don Carlo’
Verdi's "Don Carlo" returns to Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday Jan. 17 with all star cast and 8 performances throughout the month of January and the beginning of February. The new production by Peter Stein marks the first time in 40 years at La Scala that the opera will be performed in its full five acts.  Here is a look at what to expect from the company’s new production. The…
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6 Iconic Singers Who Championed Donizetti’s ‘Anna Bolena,”Lucrezia Borgia’ & ‘Norma’
December 26 marks the premiere of three major operas of the Bel canto repertoire. Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" premiered the day after Christmas in 1830 while his "Lucrezia Borgia" premiered in 1833 of that same date. Meanwhile, Bellini's "Norma" premiered on the 26th of December in 1831. All three works share similarities in that they are some of the most difficult works for sopranos in all of opera. Given these challenges, it is…