The wonderful dramatic coloratura soprano Julia Varady singing Fiordiligi’s resolute aria ‘Come scoglio’ from Mozart’s opera Cosi fan tutte.
A borderline assoulta voice, capable of exploring all 3 facets of the female voice from deep, broiling contralto chest tones and singing high, flexible dramatic soprano coloratura with equal fluency. A repertoire that ranged from the great Verdi assoluta roles such as Abigaile in Nabucco to Liu in Turandot, but Mozart really was the medium where her rare vocal qualities were accentuated to their fullest.
In this recording, she supports both extremes of the registers seamlessly and carries a heroic weight and defiance through the recitative with excellently placed chest tones which is essential for Fiordiligi. The coloratura is also beautifully sharp, and coloured with shades of lovely legato that compliments the fiery fortissimo.
The intensity and level of expression she manages throughout is essentially how Mozart SHOULD be sang. Passionate, vividly and with life. Always with life.