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 (1928-2021)
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


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:

Dr.B said...

Also. Sehr gut.

Dr.B said...

Christa Ludwig