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In Reply to: RE: Sonya Yoncheva - atop the operatic world now! posted by Chris from Lafayette on March 13, 2017 at 17:10:37
Just not a Handel voice, IMNSHO.
Needs a bit of 'Mezzo' for those tragic characters and yes, perhaps a bit less vibrato. ;-)
It's HANDEL! Think Harpsichord.
For Handel if I can't have Anne Sofie von Otter (she's 61), I prefer a voice more like Magdalena Kozená, above or even our own Susan Graham which I enjoyed in the role of Serse at our local Opera House.
. . . I haven't heard that Handel album. I also like Laura's friend too (Susan Graham) - maybe more in Berlioz however. ;-)
Andre Previn went for a younger violinist and others fell for instrumentalists (Dutoit> Argerich etc) but there's an avalanche of opera singers in the safe arms of conductors.
Richard Strauss, Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Paul Daniel, Leonardo Vordoni (Joyce DiDonato), Sakari Oramo, Andris Nelsons, Karel Chichon (Elina Garanca) Mozart, Prokofiev......
The list is probably endless.....
In fact, one of my 'Opera Highlights' for sure and I'm really not an Opera 'buff'.
Beginning to take a liking to Handel lately. Maybe it's the harpsichord? ;-)
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