She was the best. I'm so glad this recording of Leontyne Price Rediscovered is out.
Well. Someone is "devastated" that I like this. La Rondine is definitely opera semi-seria, as they say in Gramophone. At a party Magda's guest poet has begun a poem, but has no ending. Magda listens to the song and then presents her own version with her own romantic ending. The song is a party piece, an entertainment.
I never critique based on technique, but Price in this piece is displaying her technique at its finest. This is how she sang. The context for this particular performance is an encore for a Carnegie Hall recital. The style is completely suitable for the piece and the context.
Renée, Angela and Kiri all do fine versions.
Renée likes to sing really slow.
It would be a serious challenge to top this version by Angela Gheorghiu.
This version by Kiri is wonderful.
But Leontyne is my girl. It can't be helped: she was my first.