Monday, March 31, 2014
A friend of mine has sent me a couple links of a soprano I had not previously heard. They were so good I uploaded them to soundcloud.
Here's La Mamma Morta:
Her voice sounds very "right" in this music, very dark and rich. She also manages the climactic top B without any screaming. In contrast with the off-pitch, wobbly screaming of Patricia Racette in the current Met run of Andrea Chenier, every note seems completely centered and secure.
Here's her in some very different music, the act one finale of La Traviata:
Again, note the richness of the timbre, along with the surprising flexibility she has while negotiating the rapid coloratura of "Sempre libera." The high C's pose no problems for her, and she even caps it off with an old-fashioned interpolated E-flat.
This is Rutter in the final duet of Thais:
This opera isn't really done very often and the often treacly music of this duet kind of explains it, but I think Rutter sounds heavenly, with a totally easy negotiation up to top D, as well as a feeling of the voice "leaving the body" as Thais's soul leaves her body.
Finally, Caro nome:
Love this. Hard to believe someone who can sing "La mamma morta" can lighten her voice so much to negotiate "Caro nome." There's just the right amount of portamento to avoid making the aria sound mechanical, but every note is hit with accuracy.
So my question is, WHERE IS CLAIRE RUTTER SINGING AND WHERE CAN I HEAR HER?