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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Now that's just scary!
    Reminds me of Chakotay's tattoo

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    I hadn't listened to this in a while and forgot how much I love it:

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    Peter Mattei plays Onegin here like a horrible self-centred vain destructive meddler and he's quite hateable except then he opens his mouth and sings and this heavenly sound appears and I want to fall at his feet and worship him and be like the king of Spain with Farinelli and employ him to sing me to sleep every night for the rest of my life.

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Peter Mattei plays Onegin here like a horrible self-centred vain destructive meddler and he's quite hateable except then he opens his mouth and sings and this heavenly sound appears and I want to fall at his feet and worship him and be like the king of Spain with Farinelli and employ him to sing me to sleep every night for the rest of my life.
    A-A-Aramis? Wh-wh-where have you left our Natalie? *shifts uneasily*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    A-A-Aramis? Wh-wh-where have you left our Natalie? *shifts uneasily*
    Did I say anything about swashbuckling heroes with swords and pencil moustaches and melancholy poets and JDF? NO! I'm still here.

    This stream of consciousness thing is quite liberating though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Peter Mattei plays Onegin here like a horrible self-centred vain destructive meddler and he's quite hateable except then he opens his mouth and sings and this heavenly sound appears and I want to fall at his feet and worship him and be like the king of Spain with Farinelli and employ him to sing me to sleep every night for the rest of my life.
    Sort of meh, wot-evva then?
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
    Lucy Maud Montgomery

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    I've seen posts referencing Elena Suliotis, and didn't know who she was. I was listening to this recording this afternoon and thought the soprano might have been a very young Callas.. Suliotis! She's terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I've seen posts referencing Elena Suliotis, and didn't know who she was. I was listening to this recording this afternoon and thought the soprano might have been a very young Callas.. Suliotis! She's terrific.
    She's great isn't she? My favourite recording of Nabucco.
    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    It was her signature role, and she did achieve the status of one of the greatest performers of the role. Sadly, it also damaged her voice, which was at a peak of quality for a painfully short period of just a few years (the above recording in 1965 does belong to her best years). That's probably why we don't hear much about her, outside of Abigaille. After her voice got damaged, she was reduced to small parts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I've seen posts referencing Elena Suliotis, and didn't know who she was. I was listening to this recording this afternoon and thought the soprano might have been a very young Callas.. Suliotis! She's terrific.
    I have mentioned that same observation here, she is the closest singer I have heard to capture the "lionheart" of a Callas performance, like Alma said very short career with only a few more studio recordings, I also like her Lady MacBeth.

    The Callas Abigaille from 1949 live performances is amazing.....


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    I don't know Verdi's Macbeth very well. I've seen it performed once, but it didn't make much of an impression on me. I'll look for the recording pictured above to hear Souliotis in another role and give it another chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    I don't know Verdi's Macbeth very well. I've seen it performed once, but it didn't make much of an impression on me. I'll look for the recording pictured above to hear Souliotis in another role and give it another chance.
    This was the one I heard first & it's still my favourite.

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    I've seen posts referencing Elena Suliotis, and didn't know who she was. I was listening to this recording this afternoon and thought the soprano might have been a very young Callas.. Suliotis! She's terrific.
    The first time I ever heard Suliotis was singing 'Salgo gia dal trono aurato' from this set while I was driving home, and I almost crashed the car! She was definitely something special. She stars in abridged studio recordings of Norma and Anna Bolena which I've not heard. She is also the Zia Principessa on the Mirella Freni recording of Suor Angelica.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sospiro View Post
    This was the one I heard first & it's still my favourite.

    +1

    Cossotto does terrifying so very well.

    Another good one is the live one from the Met with Warren and Rysanek and Leinsdorf conducting.

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