Friday, June 04, 2010

Salgo gia

"Salgo gia" is the big aria from Nabucco.

Callas did it.

 Guleghina did it.

A lot of people like Ghena Dimitrova.

Lyudmila Monastyrska.

I am trying to integrate the existence of this role into my history of singing.  Our tradition says it is to be sung by a very heavy dramatic soprano.  But what happens when it isn't?  It's still convincing.  The question I am still asking is:  can we project this type of heavy technique back into the past?  There was much discussion when tenors began to sing with a much heavier technique, but I don't recall a similar focus on sopranos.  Does the presence of rage arias mean heavy singing?  Is a puzzlement.

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