“I danced around as Isadora Duncan at four years old. And my parents said ‘What are we gonna do?’ I’d pay my brother 50 cents a week, just to dance with me, just because I loved to dance so much. I didn’t want to go to ballet school every day, and study, and kill myself either; because I knew I couldn’t bluff my way through, say Russian ballet. So I had to figure out another way to do something wonderful without working at it. So as a real little girl I started singing along with the Beach Boys, learning all the words … Working out my routine, sort of, and that’s not easy when the mirror starts at right where your chest starts, and you’re trying to work out the whole stage show, but that’s what I did.”Stevie Nicks, rock n’ roll ballerina.
'La Divina' Maria Callas singing the eerily atmospheric aria 'O nume tutelar' from Spontini's opera La Vestale.
The ultimate exponent of legato. Every note supported with a seamless flow of emotions.
Joni Mitchell- Night Ride Home.
Coloratura mezzo Cecilia Bartoli singing Handel’s melancholic masterpiece ‘Ombra mai fu’ from his opera Xerxes.
Beautifully engaging, mellow timbre and gorgeously light trills.
Anonymous asked: Don't you find it interesting that you and so many others (myself included) find Price to be a wonderful Butterfly.. Yet she hated to sing the role. It's fascinating.
Did she really? I know she hated Mimi but strangely enough enjoyed singing Tosca (a much overrated role).
Further proof that a great singer can still inject life into a role they dislike. If anything it’s the ultimate test of a true artist. Callas really loathed Tosca too, and yet it’s one of her most acclaimed roles.
Price is glorious in Puccini’s operas. One of only about 4 singers who can sing Verismo well.
Italian-born soprano and future First Lady of Argentina Regina Pacini sings Tosca (1906)
A pupil of Mathilde Marchesi, Pacini made her debut in 1888 (aged 17) as Amina in La Sonnambula. She soon embarked on a successful international career, appearing in various European and South American countries. In 1907, Pacini married Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, an Argentinian politician who eventually became President of his country in 1922. As First Lady of Argentina (1922-1928), Pacini dedicated herself to cultural efforts; in 1938, she founded the Casa del Teatro in Buenos Aires, a retirement home for actors similar to Milan’s Casa Verdi.