Dessay is a talented coloratura who takes on the neglected roles as well
as some of the more well-known coloratura showpieces. She is known
for her acting ability and her range.
BEST: Lakmé. Click here
to hear the extent of her range.
is another incredible coloratura. Especially well-known for her interpretation
of the Queen of the Night and also Korean songs, she has one of the loveliest
voices in modern opera, and is probably the most talented coloratura since
Joan Sutherland. Her voice is much less harsh than Sutherland's,
is the Queen of the Night's "Revenge aria."
BEST: The Queen of the Night
coloratura. And while Anna Moffo, Natalie Dessay, and Sumi Jo can
all sing circles around her, I think I'm pretty justified in saying "HOLY
COW!" Click here
to hear why.
Barber composed the wonderful "Knoxville: Summer of 1915" for this beautiful,
powerful soprano, which she sang better than anyone else has since, including
such great singers as Leontyne Price and Kathleen Battle. She had
a somewhat humiliating departure from the Met, slowly being replaced by
more "modern" singers like Maria Callas. She had alcohol problems
and weight problems, failed marriages, humiliating snubs, and still she
held on to her love of life and music. She once said, after retiring,
"I have relished my work and enjoyed my travels and the people I have met....
I felt as a little girl skipping her way to school, filled with wonder
at the beauty of sunlight dancing through the trees." She died on October
3, 1990, at the age of 76. Rest in peace.
BEST: Berlioz's "Les nuits d'été"
Gauci's alternately powerful and gentle voice can stir the emotions just
as well as many more famous opera singers in the 90's, plus all of her
stuff is pretty cheap. I for one would be willing to pay a lot more
to hear her Suor Angelica than Joan Sutherland's, although Christa Ludwig
as the Princess in the Joan Sutherland version is almost worth it.
Miriam Gauci is probably my second favorite singer.
mezzo-soprano that I'm truly a fan of, Cecilia Bartoli's beautiful voice
and astonishing skill put her on my list of favorites. She's currently
very in demand.
BEST: Any Rossini mezzo-soprano role
hard to work with. But she really is a good singer, most people admit
that. I for one think she's excellent, especially in French opera,
although she's not as skilled a coloratura as Natalie Dessay, nor does
she have the range.
BEST: Anything by Handel
Scotto combined a lovely voice with the ability to convey the emotions
of her character. She was a marvelous Butterfly, Walter (from La
Wally), and Liú.
BEST: Probably Butterfly.
that I think are good, but I wouldn't consider myself a real "fan" of,
Ludwig, mezzo-soprano, an excellent Princess (from Suor Angelica)
Gruberova, soprano, versatile and beautiful as Olympia, Antonia, Stella,
Elias, mezzo-soprano, especially good in secondary mezzo roles like Suzuki
Merrill, baritone, a fantastic Gérmont
Price, soprano, a good Floria Tosca
Callas, soprano, a superb actress, amazing as Norma and Tosca.
Tozzi, bass, a fine Colline
Behrens, soprano, affecting as Tosca and Senta
"Vocalise" sung by Anna Moffo
PUCCINI: "Senza Mamma" sung by Miriam Gauci
CATALANI: "Ebben? Ne andro lontana" sung by Miriam Gauci
MOZART: "Der hölle rache" sung by Sumi Jo
VERDI: "Willow Song/Ave Maria" sung by Anna Moffo
PUCCINI: "Vissi d'arte" sung by Miriam Gauci
PUCCINI: "Un bel di" sung by Montserrat Caballé
GERSHWIN: "Summertime" sung by Sumi Jo
MOZART: "Matern aller arten" sung by Sumi Jo