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  • Camille: Elina Garanca is a dramatic mezzo? To invoke Leonie, “Was ist das?” Her singing of Amneris would be comparable to... 12:05 PM
  • Camille: Yes, I know very well he was wonderful as Bacchus, as I had that recording of his from 1968-69 onward and played it into... 12:01 PM
  • Camille: It sounds waaaaaaay better here than it did later on, by the time we inherited her Komponist at the Metropolitan. The vibrato... 11:54 AM
  • oscar: Speaking of singers who sang everything at one time or another during the course of their career, our birthday girl Julia Varady:... 11:48 AM
  • Camille: Caftans being as normal in Lebanon as torn leather jackets are/were in the East Village, parkas in Alaska, bikinis in... 11:48 AM
  • messa di voce: Thanks for clarifying. 11:38 AM
  • Camille: One hopes Dorothy Bishop never encounters Renée Fleming in the frozen foods section of Trader Joe’s @ 72nd Street. Bloody... 11:34 AM
  • Camille: The first one worked for me and Sonya did sound fine. Let’s hope it sounds that way in the house. The second one said... 11:28 AM

Under a linden tree

A new CD features the ten most gorgeous minutes recorded by a tenor in Wagner since World War II. It is Jonas Kaufmann singing from Act Two of Siegfried “Dass der mein Vater nicht ist… Du holdes Vöglein!” – otherwise known as “The Forest Murmurs.” This fragment lies perfectly for him, in the very middle of his voice, with a brief G the highest note.  His tone is sumptuous and flows effortlessly with the glamour, distinctiveness and immediate recognizability that define a great “classical” singer. He is able to sing over a wide dynamic range from breathtaking softness, always full bodied, to a ripe but never heavy sound at fuller voice, and there is wonderful contrast throughout. Read more »