Published on December 17th, 2011 01:57 PM
Violetta is one of the dream roles for a soprano.
Almost any major Opera star of the fach will sing the courtesan in one moment of her career, or another. Even some sopranos that should have stayed miles away from Violetta.
As the saying goes, one needs three sopranos to proper sing Violetta. A coloratura for the first act, a lyrical for the second, and a dramatic for the third. There is a little exageration, of course, but not that much. Violetta is fiendishly difficult to sing, and of course the need for some acting (not to mention looks, sometimes) just increases the difficulty to cast the role right.
Of the literally thousands of available Violettas, this is a