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    Is this the best Una Voce Poco Fa I've ever heard? I think it is

    Oh my God, Elina is just wonderful here, in voice and looks! What perfection! I don't recall ever listening to a better version of this iconic aria!



    Maybe others will have different favorite versions... but for me, this one can't be beaten.

    See from 5:08 on how she makes it seem easy... so natural, so charming, so precise in her enunciation, diction, pitch, agility, phrasing, everything!

    Oh, I love this woman!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luiz Gazzola (Almaviva) View Post
    Oh my God, Elina is just wonderful here, in voice and looks! What perfection! I don't recall ever listening to a better version of this iconic aria!



    Maybe others will have different favorite versions... but for me, this one can't be beaten.

    See from 5:08 on how she makes it seem easy... so natural, so charming, so precise in her enunciation, diction, pitch, agility, phrasing, everything!

    Oh, I love this woman!
    It's certainly very good indeed, and the voice and personality are indeed lovely. I like her a lot more than Bartoli, for instance, in the same music.

    However I continue to prefer, this.



    Note the explosive way she sings that one word ma, when she switches from docile into a vipera. The characterisation is superb, and the execution is pretty stunning too. The audience go wild, and who can blame them?
    "If the public could understand, as we do, how deeply and utterly musical Callas is, they would be stunned." Victor De Sabata

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsaraslondon View Post
    It's certainly very good indeed, and the voice and personality are indeed lovely. I like her a lot more than Bartoli, for instance, in the same music.

    However I continue to prefer, this.



    Note the explosive way she sings that one word ma, when she switches from docile into a vipera. The characterisation is superb, and the execution is pretty stunning too. The audience go wild, and who can blame them?
    Well, the great Callas is hard competition to beat, indeed! And yes, the explosive "ma" is great. Elina doesn't do it the first time, but does it at 4:32 the second time. What I love about Elina is the dark resonant timbre of her voice, and this aria is better suited for a mezzo than for a soprano. So of course Callas being the best soprano of all time, she'll make everything that she touches, fabulous, but I still prefer this aria when sung by a mezzo, and I consider Elina to be the best mezzo currently in activity.

    Of course, this is a great version too, by another mezzo, Joyce DiDonato:



    I still prefer Elina.

    But the truth is, all these ladies are spectacular; we are talking the best of the best, so no problem whatsoever, it's perfectly fine to prefer Callas, or Elina, or Joyce.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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