m o z a r t: Battle/Sutherland/Sills/Others sing "Vorrei spiegarvi, o Dio!"

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    Mar 10, 2015 12:46 AM GMT
    I have to give the nod to Dame Joan Sutherland. Of course there are recording variances at play, but between these 2 you posted, there is no debate.

    EDIT: Make that 3 you've posted, as I was composing. My original comment remains unchanged. "Bubbles" was wonderful, but no Sutherland.
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    Mar 10, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    Just finished listening to the Sills version.
    Didn't hear all of the Sutherland version.
    Sills seems to win this one.

    I don't know what it is about me today, I'm not hearing the high note perfectly from Battle or Sills.

    Later when I return, I'll see if Sutherland gets it. There's a chance that Sutherland has transposed the score down a key. I think I'm seeing this in the YouTube comments. This performance is in her late 50s?

    And, at some point, I'm going to check the more recent sopranos to see how they fair.
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    Mar 10, 2015 12:57 AM GMT
    StephenOABC saidJust finished listening to the Sills version.
    Didn't hear all of the Sutherland version.
    Sills seems to win this one.

    I don't know what it is about me today, I'm not hearing the high note perfectly from Battle or Sills.

    Later when I return, I'll see if Sutherland gets it. There's a chance that Sutherland has transposed the score down a key. I think I'm seeing this in the YouTube comments. This performance is in her late 50s?

    And, at some point, I'm going to check the more recent sopranos to see how they fair.

    No music critics ever thought Sills out-sang Sutherland. Anything you hear may be recording variances.

    Still, Sills was more vivacious, and really lit up the stage in certain roles. It's a rather variable and of course always subjective view. But I think all opera critics agree Sutherland had the greater voice.
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    Mar 10, 2015 1:02 AM GMT
    petelovesbevsills
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    @MastersoftheOpera No, it is originally from an albumn called "Beverly Sills sings Mozart and Strauss" recorded in 1970. Beverly's "chest voice" was actually very good when one considers that she was a coloratura soprano. She did have one talent that outstripped many many other singers in as much as she didn't find it necessary to sing 91 notes on the way up to her top note. Beverly always made sure the listener was riveted ,stunned and awestruck.
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    Mar 10, 2015 1:04 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    StephenOABC saidJust finished listening to the Sills version.
    Didn't hear all of the Sutherland version.
    Sills seems to win this one.

    I don't know what it is about me today, I'm not hearing the high note perfectly from Battle or Sills.

    Later when I return, I'll see if Sutherland gets it. There's a chance that Sutherland has transposed the score down a key. I think I'm seeing this in the YouTube comments. This performance is in her late 50s?

    And, at some point, I'm going to check the more recent sopranos to see how they fair.

    No music critics ever thought Sills out-sang Sutherland. Anything you hear may be recording variances.

    Still, Sills was more vivacious, and really lit up the stage in certain roles. It's a rather variable and of course always subjective view. But I think all opera critics agree Sutherland had the greater voice.


    Very interesting, Art_Deco.

    Remember, here, we may be comparing a Sutherland at 59 to a younger Sills. Prime for Prime, I can see Sutherland over Sills; but, I'm hearing some serious vocal strength, no power, and excitement from Sills. I'm almost surely hearing a power that Sutherland did not have.
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    Mar 10, 2015 4:20 AM GMT
    StephenOABC said


    Best pitch on the high note at the end.
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    Mar 10, 2015 4:23 AM GMT
    Translation:

    Let me explain, oh God,
    What my grief is!
    But fate has condemned me
    To weep and stay silent.

    My heart may not pine
    For the one I would like to love
    Making me seem hard-hearted
    And cruel.

    Ah, Count, part from me,
    Run, flee
    Far away from me;
    Your beloved
    Emilia awaits you,
    Don't let her languish,
    She is worthy of love.

    Ah, pitiless stars!
    You are hostile to me.
    I am lost when he stays.

    Part from me, run,
    Speak not of love,
    Her heart is yours.
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    Mar 10, 2015 4:36 AM GMT
    Sill's version was enriching.
    (Second time around I heard the correct pitch.
    I also listened to the Battle version through earphones instead of a laptop and heard the correct pitch.)
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    Mar 11, 2015 12:11 AM GMT
    I always regret these comparisons - singing is not a competitive sport, and ultimately, what voices like or don't like are as subjective as what foods or wines one likes or not. that said, I could never quite get beyond what a prima donna (in all the bad ways) Battle was; Sutherland and Sills were both wonderful - and I heard them both. Sutherland, in the theater, was amazing - it was a BIG voice!

    More of a tenor guy, myself. icon_smile.gif Caruso and Bjorling.

    And the greatest of the Verdi baritones, Leonard Warren.