The Cuban stratospheric coloratura. Miss Maria Remola!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:53 AM
Salud, salud, salud, Miss Remola!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:51 PM
"Caro nome" from Rigoletto was done with an elaborate cadenza that I'm not sure I like. Yes, it is thrilling as a circus act, but at the end of the aria when Gilda normally sings a long trill it is just so beautiful. I am not criticizing Remola. She sounds like an amazing talent and I am sure she thrilled audiences. I do think divas should show off, but I love the soft trill at the end of Caro nome that trails off which is normally sung. It creates a very dreamy atmosphere. It fits the drama better. But Remola's showy cadenza is perfect if she sang it in concert b/c when people go to a concert they are there for the diva.
In the first video there is a short excerpt from Rosina's aria from Barbiere. That is really a mezzo role but for a while it was taken over by sopranos and all this coloratura and high notes were added. Today the trend is to keep it a mezzo role and I prefer it as a mezzo role, but I admit it is sort of fun to hear a coloratura soprano chirp away and change the aria.
What is nice is that most "chirpy" coloratura sopranos have no lower register. To my ears it sounds like Remola also had a decent lower register and richer sound than some coloraturas.
Thank you for sharing this incredible soprano with us!
Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:37 PM
re: the circus act, I will for once declare myself a great LOVER of the art form. I go every year with lots of excitement to the Barnum Bailey when they tour here, and always found, since I was a kid, the women on the horses beautifu, with all their glitter and everythingl! Now the "trend" is "the more austere the better". Thank God we're seeing the return of the big ballet spectacles/reconstructions. The day that ballet and opera looses for good that historic flirting with the other art form, then a HUGE loss will occur...
More on Miss Remola-(starting with the ubber-colored "Una voce poco fa" )
Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:29 PM
I like singers to show off, and I do like Remola from what I hear. But "Caro nome" is an aria I love with the soft trill at the end. I just think it is just a beautiful ending to the aria. But if I saw Remola or another singer sing an elaborate cadenza in the aria during a concert I would cheer and applaud as long as the singer does it well! LOL
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