However, a Glenn Gould Studio recital in Toronto programmed by former CBC Senior Music Producer Neil Crory, which chiefly showcased the dramatic Rossini, proved a turning point for the contralto
In the 1973 edition of the guide, there is a listing for dramatic mezzo soprano, but lyric mezzo soprano is listed in parenthesis after Spielalt (a character contralto
The Foreign Affairs Recreation Association and the State of the Arts Cultural Series recently presented concerts featuring talent ranging from saxophonists and pianists to a contralto
Headset (in memory of my mother) Rachmaninoff's Second is upon me;/ I conjure all the opera music you knew,//how lush your contralto
heart, how fine your gloss/of Kansas City piano music; how swift your frock//at the Comus; I watch you cutting papa's/hair; there ain't no hair like his under those deft fingers.
1660), who created the prototype of the first operatic prima donna; Nancy Storace (1765-1817), Mozart's "Susanna" (in The Marriage of Figaro) who masterfully combined comedic talent and acting ability with singing; Giuditta Pasta (1797-1865), whose tremendous vocal and dramatic talents inspired Bellini's Norma and whose singing Chopin called "sublime"; Wilhelmine Schroder-Devrient (1804-1860), whose dramatic performance of Fidelio profoundly influenced Wagner's development of music dramas; Jenny Lind (1820-1887), the superstar who literally took America by storm; and Marian Anderson (1897-1993) whose determination and lovely contralto
voice helped break down racial barriers.
Sterlin's rich contralto
takes Holmes's voice to a higher and sometimes supercilious pitch than Mary Russell's and imbues all the characters with appropriate inflections and tones without troubling too much about getting accents exactly so.
Especially for readers in the United States, the function of introduction is quite valuable, as many of the figures considered--author Austin Clarke, filmmaker Clement Virgo, and 1940's contralto
Portia White, for example--though they have international reputations, have received much less notice in the United States.
Tafelmusic Baroque Orchestra, with Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto
Nor is it especially dark, leaning more toward soprano than contralto
CASSANDRA WILSON is back with a wonderful new recording, GLAMOURED (Blue Note), on which she continues to mesmerize listeners with her incredible sensual earthy contralto
lThe Queen has her 14th success of the season as Contralto
(William Hastings-Bass/Willie Carson) beats Chancery Bloom (Paul Cole/Geoff Baxter) in the nursery at Yarmouth.
The fashionable flash of generational mistrust and the basic narcissism of the age are somewhere in the subtext of her soft contralto
Those with lower-pitched voices--baritone, bass, contralto
, and mezzo-soprano-had longer vocal cords and wider vocal tracts than did those with higher pitched tenor and soprano voices.
Welcome Home, Marian Anderson" is not really a play and not quite a recital, yet as a work-in-progress the piece offers a great deal of valuable information about the celebrated contralto
and concert artist, as well as some distinctive vocalizing.
I am crossing a river so deep and wide / Lord, lead me on to the far side," Judy Kuhn's unaccompanied contralto