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.


I'm sort of intrigued by this one with Grace Bumbry.


Hear how much lighter it sounds than the others, and yet it's still satisfying.

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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