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Zachary Woolfe within the Observer:

Ms. Netrebko’s voice, at 40, is heat and full, with out edge. Her attraction is deceptively easy: when she sings, you don’t need her to cease. Her efficiency is each daring and warranted. On the finish of Act I, she virtually chokes out “Guidici? Advert Anna?” (“Judges? For Anne?”) when she realizes her destiny has been sealed, then telescopes the next word outward, pivoting from shock to rage. She faces upstage at key moments, trusting that she will convey emotion via posture alone.

Some opera followers think about coloratura in a vacuum, as a senseless sequence of vocal calisthenics. This angle has rewarded singers who merely dazzle. However Ms. Netrebko is within the custom of Maria Callas, who understood that coloratura needs to be an natural outgrowth of the musical line, a method of amplifying emotion. Her runs and trills, correct and classy, by no means exist for their very own sake.

“She was all the time restrained in her use of fioriture, which she employed solely to intensify the expressiveness of her singing,” Stendhal as soon as wrote of Pasta’s strategy to ornamentation. “Furthermore, she by no means used fioriture any longer than her inventive functions required.” This might simply as simply describe Ms. Netrebko’s Bolena.

Birthday anniversaries of novelist Prosper Mérimée (1803), tv host Ed Sullivan (1901) composer Marin Goleminov (1908) and Vivian Wonderful (1913).

Comfortable 88th birthday actress, singer and animal rights activist Brigitte Bardot.


Photograph: Ken Howard / Metropolitan Opera



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