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16th-Dec-2008 12:07 am
I give you coluratura.

16th-Dec-2008 06:13 am (UTC)
Oi... this culture would be much better if her intonation were not so far off. She has a lovey voice, but she needs to learn to control it better. >_
16th-Dec-2008 06:18 am (UTC)
Eh, I've noticed sopranos love "stylization" almost as much as those folks that try to add soul to the National anthem.
16th-Dec-2008 06:32 am (UTC)
Eh... Stylization is fine. I don't mind that as long as the notes are right. She hit several that were pretty far off though. As much as a half step sharp. One that was even closer to a full step above the note she aimed for.

I love coloraturas, but not uncorrected errors like those. I've noticed over the last 20 years or maybe more, that operatic vocalists, (especially females) are now using vibrato to hide intonation problems. The note should be dead center of the vibrato. If it's not it's sharp or flat. The vibrato also should not vary by a full step between top and bottom. It's a chancy thing, but it is the difference between real quality, and just mediocrity using vibrato to hide a sour note. Unfortunately there are a few male operatic singers starting to follow suit. Never mind that most of the classic operas were written in a time when vibrato was considered to evoke too much emotion, and was unseemly. Singers were taught to sing with a clear voice. You bet those singers had to be hitting those notes straight on when they couldn't hide behind their vibrato!
16th-Dec-2008 06:38 am (UTC)
Traditional opera thankfully is not quite dead.

Problem being you only get to see it live.

Most of what gets broadcast these days is the new interpretations, like the Hip-hopera version of Carmen, with Beyonce.
16th-Dec-2008 06:43 am (UTC)
Ugh! *holding hands out in negation* Do! Not! Want! Sorry I bitched about the coloratura's intonation! hahaha... *runs away*
16th-Dec-2008 06:45 am (UTC)
Sorry, I was kind of distracted when I replied the first time. Some guy in Branson and I were having a discussion about Carmen and her Tarot cards in the Bizet original:)

Edited at 2008-12-16 06:54 am (UTC)
16th-Dec-2008 06:28 am (UTC)

Even Yoda was slightly alarmed in a couple areas of her recital. He came running from the next room, ears all up and letting loose with his own high pitched warble. Jumped up on my lap to get a look at what was causing the noise...screeched a wee howl....right around the time she hit...juuust off enough to cause me to wince yet again.
16th-Dec-2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Hmm, I may have to see if I can find the Diva from The 5th Element then.
16th-Dec-2008 10:13 pm (UTC)
That woman had a stupendous range!!! Even Gerry was awestruck with her talent.
16th-Dec-2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered if opera singers really understand the words they're singing or if they just memorize the song without translation.
16th-Dec-2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
I always assumed they had at least a passing familiarity with the meanings of lyrics, if only so they could properly act the part:)
16th-Dec-2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
hrmmm...good point.
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