Don Juan's Reckless Daughter

Pretentious and unflinching fan boy of the things I love- Opera, Music, Art, Tennis, Joni Mitchell, Literature.

All things lead to my blog.

The great mezzo Olga Borodina singing the uplifting aria ‘Nacqui All’affanno….Non piu mesta’ from Rossini’s opera La Cenerentola.

A beautifully expressive rendition from this very talented singer. Usually much known for her dramatic mezzo roles such as Daliah and Eboli, here she proves she can sing Bel Canto coloratura rep with surprising adeptness.

She successfully lightens her inherently cavernous timbre in the middle and upper register and maintains a suppleness and cleanliness throughout the line, whilst still affirming the dark richness of her instrument in the lower tones.

Borodina is proof that EVERY dramatic voice must learn to sing with versatility, from lyric roles to the heaviest repertoire, and especially roles that involve coloratura which is pure medicine for singing.

Kate Bush- Burning Bridge.

Kate Bush (alongside Joni Mitchell) is one of the most original innovators of popular music. Her ability to fluidly incorporate multiple genres within a song shows a artist perception that is quite prodigious.

In this track in particular, the R’n’B influence is very strong, and yet infused with more conventional ‘pop’ rhythms and guitar/piano effects.

A true visionary

Living well is the best revenge.

Dorothy Parker.

The great dramatic mezzo Ebe Stignani singing Arsace’s aria ‘Ah, quel giorno’ from Rossini’s opera Semiramide.

Stignani here showcasing all her Bel Canto virtuosity in the heaviest and most intricate role Rossini wrote for the mezzo/contralto voice. Accentuated by a gorgeously dense middle voice, Stigani manages to maintain a luxurious legato polish consistently throughout the vocal line, from florid, lighter passages down into dark, rich low passages, again highlighting superb chest placement and the ability to sing with a broad spectrum of colour.

The coloratura is absolutely masterful for such a huge voice. Incredibly nimble and without aspirations or drops in support. The essence of Bel Canto singing.