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    F is for Falsetto,

    (from Italian for false) is a treble range produced by a technique of using only part of the vocal chord. It is used for comic effect in opera though also used sometimes where a tenor can not reach top notes in modal voice.
    In the seemingly highly complicated world of operatic voice classification the modern countertenor (sometimes replacing parts originally written for castrato) will also use falsetto for part of his upper range.

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    F is for Ferruccio Furlanetto (no doubt that this one belongs in the letter F), the great Italian bass, here singing one of the most beautiful bass arias in the entire repertory, "Ella giammai m'amò" from Don Carlo, at La Scala:

    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    F is for Franco Corelli

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    F is for Floria Tosca. Who is . . . pretty cool.


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    F is for Giordano's Fedora with Mirella Freni

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    This is just too obvious for me . . .

    F is for Fidelio, Beethoven's only opera, and for its hero, Florestan, who is rescued by his wife Leonore (a.k.a. Fidelio) from the tyrcannical prison governor Don Pizarro. For my tastes, the best Florestan yet is Jonas Kaufmann -- sounds fabulous, and actually looks like a starving prisoner.


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    F is for Ferruccio Tagliavini

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    F is for Le Nozze di Figaro

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    F is for Fafner - giant, dragon (giant dragon?), wife stealer, real estate developer, bling admirer and dramatic antagonist par excellence.


    Here, as characterized by Andreas Kriegenburg for the Bayerische Staatsoper Ring, 2012:

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    F is for Faust, a character from the eponymous work by Goethe, whose flawed pact with the devil has inspired works by Gounod (Faust), Boito (Mefistofele), Berlioz (la Damnation de Faust), Busoni (Doktor Faust), and Stravinsky (The Rake's Progress), among others. I've only listed the ones I know personally.

    My favourite is probably the Stravinsky, with the Berlioz coming second. Which is yours?
    Natalie

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    F is for Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, one of the great lyric baritones of the 20th century, and for Ferenc Fricsay, a leading mid-century Maestro who made many opera recordings for Deutsche Grammophon -- including Fidelio, with Fischer-Dieskau as the most truly menacing Pizarro I've ever heard. (The same recording also has Gottlob Frick as Rocco.)

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    F is for Figaro, Figaro, Figaro

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    F is for Fioritura

    (Italian: flourish, flowering) when long and complex decorations are added to a composition, these are known as fioritura. Sometimes referred to as "coloratura" (Italian: colouring).

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    F for I have failed to hear this opera yet...

    ... I thought I would take advantage of your post

    but German subtitles? Maybe not good for me.

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    F is for Fricka

    Stephanie Blythe as Fricka

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    F is for Falstaff,the 80-year-old Verdi's last composition, and only his second comedy, where he was able to create a seamless flow of inventive melody.

    Here is THE Falstaff of the current period, whose appropriately mighty pancia is sustained by plenty of home-made risotto.

    Natalie

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