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there s a dance in the old dame yet

Karita Mattila (pictured) sings a little Verdi.

36 comments

  • Constantine A. Papas says:

    No problem, as long as she stays away from Puccini for good.

  • moi says:

    Still, somehow she could have been a good Minnie….
    since some Others got to do it lately too…

    • armerjacquino says:

      Laggiu nel Soledad would have been a trial. Even now, if we’re talking exposed high Cs, I’d rather hear Voigt than Mattila.

      Mattila has always had a spectacular B and Bb but she’s never really had a C.

      • danpatter says:

        That’s easily adjusted. Tebaldi didn’t sing a high C in her FANCIULLA performances, I think. I would welcome her Minnie, did she deign to sing it.

    • kashania says:

      I’d rather have Mattila skip the high C (or sing a lower option) and have her as Minnie instead of Voigt’s. Neither is a natural in Italian rep but Mattila is by far the more interesting artist. I’d love to hear her “Dre assi e un baio”.

  • Kernita Makilla says:

    Salome’s dream of 7 height challenged fellows : A Finnish dream to end all.

  • Camille says:

    53 is not the new 35.

    I’m sorry, but she looks and sounds seriously menopausal. And that makes me sad for Mattila has long been a favourite performer of mine, but it’s just not the same. And that’s just time passing, for which there is no remedy.

  • antikitschychick says:

    Awesome rendition of Pace, Pace, camp and all! And The caricature couldn’t be more spot on, as she is such a stage animal (no pun intended) :-P

    Some other great renditions I’ve come across on yt…


    (the last note is a tad flat but the rest is pretty sublime)


    (Her Verdian line is PER.FE.CTION.)


    (I LOVE her. She sings with such a beautiful rich sound and a clean line. I wish I could’ve seen her live in her prime. *Sniffle.)

    I really like this performance because its one of the few I’ve seen of her that has genuine emotion. She’s like hyper focused and concentrated and so I was able to get into it. The vocal execution is pretty flawless I admit.

    (not a perfect performance as it could’ve used more pianissimo singing and better control of her body movement/language but she sings with a lot of pathos and the general sound is just beautiful:-D. Also, she should wear her hair like that more often. It looks very nice and age appropriate.)