Search the Archive
Search Field:
Search Term:
Media Type:

Top 10 Related Articles by Date Published
Article
Your Recorded Heritage: Rossini
Roger Pines, Dramaturg, Lyric Opera of Chicago
cytotec abortion pill buy online open online purchase abortion pill
men who have affairs what causes women to cheat why do men have affairs
husband cheated on me why husband cheat open
link women looking to cheat husband cheated on me
link link husband cheated on me
click here how to catch a cheater link
why do husbands have affairs online redirect
why women cheat with married men I cheated on my wife when a husband cheats
link buy viagra for less where to buy viagra in india
viagra switzerland online viagra soft information open
go open open
women cheat because reason why husband cheat percent of women that cheat
online how to cheat husband my wife cheated now what
women who cheat with married men i cheated on husband why husband cheat on their wife
open link read
read why do wife cheat redirect
why people cheat in relationships types of women who cheat read
my boyfriend cheated on me with my mom link why husband cheat
unfaithful wives go read
unfaithful wives go read
unfaithful wives wife cheaters My husband cheated on me
open read redirect
go affair dating sites reasons people cheat
how to catch a cheat women who cheated click here
where can you get abortion pill get abortion pill online click
dating for married people wifes who cheat husbands who cheat
website why do women cheat with married men what makes husbands cheat

Voices12/1/2005

Editor's Note:
i need to buy the abortion pill i need to buy the abortion pill how to order the abortion pill online
cytotec abortion pill buy online order abortion pill online purchase abortion pill
read here how to cheat with a married woman why women cheat
why do men cheat unfaithful wives click here
online viagra 50 side effects buy viagra proffesional
online viagra 50 side effects buy viagra proffesional
link viagra vs cialas vegetable viagra
link viagra vs cialas vegetable viagra
women cheat because website percent of women that cheat
what makes married men cheat how can people cheat i want an affair
why do men cheat cheat on wife click
redirect why women cheat on husbands dating for married
redirect why women cheat on husbands dating for married
how to catch a cheat women who cheated click here
abortion pill pittsburgh information on abortions what s the abortion pill
abortion websites click abortion pill nyc
abortion websites read abortion pill nyc
abortion pill works pregnancy termination pill go
where can you get abortion pill get abortion pill online click
cytotec abortion abortion statistics go
my wife emotionally cheated on me click here women who cheat on husbands
dating for married people why people cheat in marriage husbands who cheat


Our ears are convinced by much of the legato singing we hear in early Rossini recordings: Its elegance wears the years lightly. Coloratura, however, is another story: Once we get past 1920, florid Rossini (especially as far as male singers are concerned) is rarely handled with the astonishing expertise to which we’ve grown accustomed in the decades since Marilyn Horne initiated the “Rossini renaissance.” Major artists today are also expected to ornament Rossini with a degree of authenticity that was not part of the operatic scene when the singers cited in this article were making records. There is nonetheless a good deal to be learned from pre- 1960 Rossini recordings as regards individuality and beauty of timbre, grace of phrasing, and sheer force of personality.

Sopranos
The Rossini repertoire we expect from sopranos today was hardly in evidence on pre-1960 recordings, excepting perhaps “Bel raggio lusinghier” from Semiramide. The aria received several notable performances, such as that of the now-forgotten German singer Irene Abendroth (1871-1932), who does not address the dramatic situation in the slightest but dazzles with extraordinary fleetness and accuracy in her florid singing. Much better known was longtime Met favorite Marcella Sembrich (1858-1935), a paragon in virtually all her recordings; it was thanks to her and numerous other important coloraturas who followed that Barbiere’s Rosina stayed firmly in the soprano Fach well into the 20th century. Other soprano Rosinas included two Italians: the musically willful but vocally scintillating Luisa Tetrazzini (1871-1940) and one of her most prominent successors, the always charming Toti dal Monte (1893-1975).

Among heavier soprano voices, the only Rossini pieces to be adequately represented pre-1960 are “Sombre forLt” from Guillaume Tell (usually sung in Italian translation as “Selva opaca”), interpreted most memorably by the aristocrat of spinto sopranos, Hina Spani (1896-1969); and “Inflammatus” from the Stabat mater, sung to staggering effect — with every turn, trill, and high C in place — by Florence Austral (1894-1968), an important Wagnerian, and Eleanor Steber (1914- 1990), America’s greatest Mozartian of the 1940s and 50s.

Mezzos and Contraltos

Few turn-of-the-century ladies took on Isabella and Arsace, excepting one of the earliest coloratura contraltos on records, the Italian Guerrina Fabbri (1866-1946). She reminds us that the idea of moving into a truly “mixed” chest voice without a break was not part of many Italian sopranos’ and contraltos’ singing on early recordings. Still, Fabbri had fine agility, impressive vocal amplitude, and an aptly colorful timbre.

It was above all the fiery Spaniard Conchita Supervia (1895-1936) — Cenerentola and Isabella in major Covent Garden revivals of the mid- 1930s — who brought new excitement to Rossini’s three best-known mezzo roles. Supervia’s Rossini heroines emerge as delicious portraits colored by unique femininity and sparkle, not just in the most elaborate music but also in the flowing line of Isabella’s “Per lui che adoro.” Provided one can get used to her unique vibrato, her records offer endless rewards.

The versatility of Giulietta Simionato (b. 1910) ran the gamut of 18th- and 19th-century roles, encompassing not only Rossini (including Tancredi, a real rarity when she sang it onstage in 1952) but also Gluck, Mozart, big Verdi, French repertoire, and verismo. Like Supervia, she offers florid ability that doesn’t quite equal the best that mezzos provide today, but she is irresistible nonetheless, thanks to the enormous vitality and intelligence with which she communicates in all her roles. Among her contemporaries are two singers from eastern Europe: Jennie Tourel (1900-1973), the Met’s first mezzo Rosina, who left warm-voiced, musicianly recordings of Rossini arias at a time when few mezzos ventured them on records; and Zara Dolukhanova (b. 1918), unique among Slavic mezzos for her magnificent fioriture, variety of color, and easy two-and-a-half octave range.

Tenors

The virtuosi to be heard in early recordings include both lyric and spinto tenors. Among the latter, the only role to be considered is Arnold in Guillaume Tell, whose multiple high Cs tempted many leather-lunged singers. Léon EscalaVs (1859-1941) committed to disc some of the most astoundingly full, effortless top notes ever recorded, but he could also deal beautifully with Rossinian filigree. Another now legendary artist,Francesco Tamagno (1850-1905), Verdi’s first Otello, was also celebrated as “Arnoldo.” A few decades later came another major artist in this role, Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969), whose 1917 Italian-language recording of the Guillaume Tell trio with baritone Giuseppe de Luca and bass José Mardones is a landmark of early Rossini recording.

Spectacular Rossini was recorded by numerous lighter tenor voices early on, with pride of place going perhaps to Fernando de Lucia (1860-1925) — also a famous Lohengrin! — and Dmitri Smirnoff (1882-1944), who had a surprisingly effective command of Italian style. Even though Rossini tenors’ range and florid ability declined notably from the 1920s until the emergence of Rockwell Blake in the mid- 1970s, several portrayals did leave their mark through their interpreters’ elegance, wit, and intoxicating charm: Juan Oncina (b. 1925), a Spaniard, as Count Ory and Ramiro; Michel Sénéchal (b. 1927), a Frenchman, as Ory; and Luigi Alva (b. 1927), a Peruvian, as Almaviva, Ramiro, and Lindoro.

Baritones

From the dawn of recording, virtually every Italian baritone of note has been heard in Figaro’s “Largo al factotum.” The necessary vocal variety, verbal incisiveness, and ringing top are all provided by Riccardo Stracciari (1875-1955); like his great contemporary, Giuseppe de Luca, Stracciari didn’t lose his lightness of touch in moving from his famous Verdi interpretations back to Figaro and other bel canto parts. In terms of sheer voice, Sesto Bruscantini (1919-2003) was, like Stracciari, not the most formidable among baritones of his generation, but all his Rossini parts offered immense intelligence and a born actor’s delivery of the text. Among non-Italians, America’s Lawrence Tibbett (1896-1960) was another baritone who could move delightfully from the “heavies” to Figaro’s “Largo,” to which he brings terrific involvement but also vocal thrills aplenty.

Basses

Salvatore Baccaloni (1900-1969) started out in serious bass parts, but his figure and voice both made him a natural for buffo repertoire, and his Bartolo set the standard for the 1930s and 40s in that role. Besides Basilio’s “La calunnia” — in which Russia’s Fyodor Chaliapin (1873-1938) is uniquely characterful — we generally hear pre-1960 Rossini basses only in the title role’s music of Mosé in Egitto, in which the grandscale instrument of Nazzareno De Angelis (1881-1962) is mightily impressive

Essential Recordings
Abendroth: “Yale University Historical Recordings, Vol. 1” – Symposium #1135
Austral: “Florence Austral,” Preiser Records/Lebendige Vergangenheit series, #89547
Spani, De Lucia, Smirnoff, Tamagno, Martinelli, de Angelis: “
online open My boyfriend cheated on me
why do husbands have affairs married cheat redirect
i dreamed my wife cheated on me reasons women cheat infidelity signs
i dreamed my wife cheated on me reasons women cheat infidelity signs
why do men cheat all wife cheat click here
website online link
why women cheat in relationships wife cheat story open
click where can you buy viagra viagra without prescription new zealand
link buy cheap uk viagra vegetable viagra
viagra switzerland online read here open
viagra switzerland online read here open
women cheat because reason why husband cheat percent of women that cheat
online how to cheat husband my wife cheated now what
unfaithful wives go catching a cheater
looking for affair online affair my boyfriend cheated on me with my mom
click here read link
redirect why wife cheat dating for married
why people cheat in relationships website read
unfaithful wives go read
abortion pill pittsburgh information on abortions what s the abortion pill
where can you get abortion pill read here click


About the Author: Editorial Dramaturg, Lyric Opera of Chicago
i need to buy the abortion pill abortion pill how to order the abortion pill online
go why people cheat in relationships men who have affairs
cheat on wife my boyfriend cheated on me quotes click here
why do men cheat unfaithful wives click here
dating a married man how many women cheat on their husbands women who cheated
online how to cheat husband my wife cheated now what
read here women who cheat on men click here
redirect why do women cheat on husbands cheat on your wife
women who cheat with married men wife affair why husband cheat on their wife
women who cheat on husband reasons people cheat
redirect why wife cheat dating for married
married and want to cheat how to cheat husband wives who cheat
unfaithful wives types of women who cheat My husband cheated on me
looking to cheat read here cheaters caught
open how do i get an abortion abortion pill how many weeks
abortion pill pittsburgh what is the abortion pill what s the abortion pill
cytotec abortion how do i get abortion pill go
abortions pills read click
online cheat on your wife why wifes cheat
my wife emotionally cheated on me click here women who cheat on husbands
dating for married people why people cheat in marriage husbands who cheat
wifes who cheat why are women unfaithful wife cheated
THE ORGANIZATION WHAT IS OPERA? RESOURCES
ABOUT THE CENTER FACILITIES & SERVICES ONSTAGE AT THE OPERA CENTER
BECOME A MEMBER SUPPORT OPERA AMERICA
RESOURCES
330 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001
Tel: 212.796.8620 • Fax: 212.796.8621
Info@operaamerica.org • Directions

Privacy Policy • Returns Policy
© Copyright 1995-2014 OPERA America Inc.