Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Mystique of the Missing Russian Diva Voices

Every few years a soprano comes along from the Russian landscape that has a big and steely sound to take on the most challenging music of Giuseppe Verdi. She then is proclaimed the "Verdi soprano" for which the opera world has been impatiently waiting. Then after singing a few seasons at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and Covent Garden, that artist slips into obscurity or suffers major vocal decline. Here are some examples:

Galina GorchakovaLjuba Kazarnovskaya
"Pace, pace mio Dio""Ecco l'orrido"
La Forza del DestinoUn Ballo in Maschera

Maria GuleghinaMarina Mescheriakova
"Santo di Patria""Tu che le vanità"
AttilaDon Carlo


And will this latest Russian export to be proclaimed the leading diva of Verdi be the next victim?

Marina Poplavskaya
"Mia madre aveva una povera ancella"
Otello

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