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  • Olivero is my Drug of Choice: Yes……. 5:52 PM
  • kashania: Those low notes are frightening! One of my favourite Callas recordings is Santuzza which she... 5:47 PM
  • Poison Ivy: I didn’t get Elisabeth Schwarzkopf for the longest time. My first recordings of... 5:41 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Well, in her very early days, even the voice itself was truly remarkable. Hear the phenomenal... 5:39 PM
  • PetertheModest: I quite like her Tatiana, and if I’m a bit tired, I can close my eyes and just listen... 5:24 PM
  • kashania: Agreed. Callas’ singing was more beautiful than the voice itself. 5:20 PM
  • alejandro: I didn’t get Netrebko until I saw her live. I found her voice too heavy and thick when I... 5:19 PM
  • kashania: Dying well is an important skill! :) 5:19 PM
  • kashania: I agree that Massenet’s Manon highlights the youthfulness of the character more. But the... 5:17 PM
  • grimoaldo: Like everything else, “you had to be there to ‘get’ so and so” is a matter... 5:15 PM

A star is reborn

Let’s start with some refreshing news:  ”Poèmes” is the finest thing Renée Fleming has recorded in many a season.  This is not an obvious vanity project.  A collection of 20th century French orchestral songs in which Ravel’s “Shéhérazade” is the best-known item is probably a marketing executive’s nightmare, even with a soprano as iconic as Fleming.  But the end result is a marvelous showcase for this artist.  Along the way, she shines a spotlight on neglected masters deserving of greater recognition. Read more »