Kathleen Battle Sings Aria from Atalanta (1986); INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL; Leontyne Price Sings Same (1967)

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    Dec 25, 2014 7:25 AM GMT
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    Dec 25, 2014 7:26 AM GMT
    Atalanta (HWV 35) is a pastoral opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel composed in 1736. It is based upon the mythological female athlete, Atalanta, the libretto (which is in Italian) being derived from the book La Caccia in Etolia by Belisario Valeriani. The identity of the librettist is not known.

    Handel composed it for the London celebrations of the marriage in 1736 of Frederick, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King George II, to Princess Augusta of Saxe-Gotha. The first performance took place on 12 May 1736 in the Covent Garden Theatre. It closed with a spectacular display of fireworks, which was highly popular with the royal family and the London audience, and the opera and fireworks display were revived a number of times in the year of its first performance.

    An arioso from the opera, "Care selve", is often heard in recital and on recordings.
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    Dec 25, 2014 7:33 AM GMT
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    Dec 25, 2014 7:41 AM GMT
    I hadn't heard this aria before tonight.
  • FRE0

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    Dec 26, 2014 12:34 AM GMT
    I really like her singing, especially opera. She has an unusually well controlled vibrato.
  • Beeftastic

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    Dec 26, 2014 11:44 PM GMT
    Leontyne Price is my favorite opera diva icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 27, 2014 9:32 PM GMT
    StephenOABC said


    I heard her magnificent voice at her performance in the title role in Ernani at the War Memorial Opera House in 1969 in San Francisco.
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    Dec 28, 2014 3:56 AM GMT
    Sulla,

    It was the Madama Butterfly with Richard Tucker and the Verdi Heroines LPs that introduced her beautiful voice to me.
  • alvarom

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    Dec 28, 2014 12:31 PM GMT
    Both are great singers:-)