The bel canto repertory - literally "beautiful song" in Italian - had languished for decades outside Italy, until the legendary Maria Callas took on the roles in the early 1950s, demonstrating that operas like Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" and Bellini's "Norma" were not just showcases for coloratura
agility but gripping dramatic works.
and a sparkling Er ist's while Donizetti's much neglected Linda di Chamounix provided Fflur with the 22-year-old's final chance to display a young, sprightly coloratura
Right now, the best rep for me is the Handel-Mozart-Rossini, the coloratura
Baritone Thom Meredith has an impressive coloratura
and gave a sensitive performance.
Convinced she was a gifted coloratura
soprano, the eccentric Pennsylvania-born socialite gave regular recitals that routinely filled the houses despite universally awful acclaim.
Here the author dispenses advice on, among other things, learning the traditions of opera performance; helping singers to distinguish the compositional styles of many opera composers; helping singers to learn coloratura
, patter and ornamentation; and achieving more contrast, shape and emotional impact in the singing line.
Widely praised coloratura
soprano Elizabeth Futral makes her debut in the role of Elvira opposite one of the world's most elegant bel canto tenors, Gregory Kunde.
is a prerequisite for the bel canto operas of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti, which is why the Italian operas of the early 19th century invariably feature the soprano or mezzo-soprano as the star performer.
She is a lyrical dancer who can also deliver occasional bursts of coloratura
She does produce some lovely singing, but her role, apart from the well-known "Bell Song," does not have all that much opportunity for coloratura
display compared to some of her other vehicles.
Aline Kutan, who has a ravishing coloratura
, and Antonio Figueroa, his sweet voice somewhat underpowered in Place des Arts' Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, sang the young, lovers.
There are many other joys, among them Eva Turner in Puccini, Wolverhampton's Maggie Teyte in French repertoire, Dora Labbette accompanied by Sir Thomas Beecham in Delius, Isobel Baillie, Gwen Catley's piping coloratura
(Eric Robinson conducting), Margaret Sheridan irresistible in a fabulous Puccini selection, including the Madam Butterfly Love Duet with the great tenor Aureliano Pertile (it gets no better than this).
Originally from Llanbedrgoch, Gwyn Hughes Jones will be joined on stage by his wife, top American coloratura
soprano Stacey Wheeler.
It was all the more disappointing, therefore, that "Why do the nations" contained a littering of wrong notes and woefully inadequate coloratura
It is, in other words, well suited to the bel-canto and coloratura
material she favors.