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This is a brief excerpt from a DVD of a performance
by Mario del Monaco with La Scaala in Japan (available from VAI).
I have zoomed in on the tenor's face so that one
could see and study just how he sings the high Bb.

Tosc: Vissi d'arte
Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Dmitri Mitropoulos, conductor
January 4, 1956

The Galatea of Poulenc, Denise Duval, sings
an excerpt from La voix humaine in the role of the suicidal broken woman,
written for her and accompanied here by the composer, Francis Poulenc,
from a concert at Paris' Salle Gaveau in 1959.
One may find fault with her technique but
her style, declamation, spontaneity and commitment in her performance
are incredibly moving. It's as if
she is creating the music as she sings.

Götterämmerung: Immolation Scene finale
Dame Gwyneth Jones, soprano
Pierre Boulez, conductor
Bayreuth Festspiele
This organic singing coming from
one of the largest voices
I've ever heard

The Truth

Variations on a theme from
Bizet's Carmen
Arranged/performed by
Vladimir Horowitz
Carnegie Hall, 1968

Astrid Varnay, Klytemnestra
Leonie Rysanek, Elektra
Karl Bohm/Vienna Philharmonic

The Snake Bite

Rosa Ponselle sings and accompanies herself
in "Senza mamma" from Suor Angelica

Telephone Remake

Beverly Sills sings
"The Willow Song" from The Ballad of Baby Doe
Introduction by composer Douglas Moore

Verdi Requiem: Libera me
Renata Tebaldi, soprano
Victor de Sabata, conductor
La Scala Orchestra & Chorus - 1951
One always wants this movement perfectly sung
but that's rare.
Here's one of those rare performances.

Puccini: Tosca:
Catherine Malfitano as Tosca
Amsterdam, 1999
An example of how a non-realistic production can work.
Malfitano's jump is breathtaking

Chopin: Etude in c# minor
Op. 10, No. 4
Sviatoslav Richter, piano

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