Wednesday, May 05, 2010

20 Mezzos

Gramophone hasn't done one, but so what? This list in chronological order comes mostly from my iPod.

Giulietta Simionato Italian (1910-2010)
Kathleen Ferrier English (1912-1953)
Christa Ludwig German (1928-)
Janet Baker English (1933-)
Marilyn Horne American (1934-)
Fiorenza Cossotto Italian (1935-)
Teresa Berganza Spanish (1935-)
Tatiana Troyanos American (1938-1993)
Brigitte Fassbaender German (1939-)
Agnes Baltsa Greek (1944-)
Frederica von Stade American (1945-)
Eva Podleś Polish (1952-)
Dolora Zajick American (1952-)
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson American (1954-2006)
Susan Graham American (1960-)
Olga Borodina Russian (1963-)
Denyce Graves American (1964-)
Cecilia Bartoli Italian (1966-)
Joyce DiDonato American (1969-)
Vivica Genaux American (1970-)
Magdalena Kožená Czech (1973-)
Elīna Garanča Latvian (1976-)


I just posted this and now see that Giulietta Simionato has died. I added 2 more to make the list 22. I am going to annotate and rank the list. There are a lot of American mezzos here, but that is due to my own personal bias.

Shirley Verrett
Elena Obraztsova

5 comments:

Paul said...

No Dolora Zajick, or is her repertoire not varied enough to qualify? It seems like the only roles she sings these days is Azucena and Amneris.

Otherwise I find your list to be suitably comprehensive.

Dr.B said...

I guess I don't have any Zajick on my iPod.

Sarah said...

Vivica Genaux (1970 - )
At least that's what it says here: http://www.munzinger.de/search/portrait/Vivica+Genaux/0/22941.html

Dr.B said...

Also. Sehr gut.

Dr.B said...

Christa Ludwig