|Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Alfredo Catalani|
The Ultimate Divas Album
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Emil B. from LISLE, IL
Reviewed on 4/11/2009...
Among the divas included on this CD are Cecilia Bartoli, Marilyn Horne, Angela Gheorghiu, Renata Tebaldi, Montserrat Caballe, Zinka Milanov, Mirella Freni, Joan Sutherland, Leontyne Price, Renee Fleming, Tatiana Troyanos, Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica Von Stade, Sumi Jo, Kathleen Battle, Kirsten Flagstad, and Birgit Nilsson - truly a selection of some of the more prominent & well known opera divas present over the last 60 years, singing in this case some of the most signature opera arias.
The Best of the Best
Christopher A. Lanter | Mesa, AZ United States | 01/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sorry I had to give this CD only 4 stars - it really deserves more. I had to subtract a star for the absence of La Divina - Maria Callas - from this disc. If she doesn't qualify as a diva, who does?That said, this is a FANTASTIC compilation CD. It features all (well, a good sampling) of the great sopranos of past and present. All my favorites are here: Bartoli, Fleming, Battle, Kanawa, and of course, Sumi Jo.The editors were very careful to include arias which display each soprano's strengths and predilections in repertoire - Bartoli has her bubbly Rossini, Sumi Jo her dazzling coloratura in Mozart, and Renee Fleming, with the most heartrending and beautiful version of Desdemona's "Ave Maria" from Verdi's Otello that I have ever heard. I can't help but catch my breath on the last syllable of "prega" - her tone is that innocent and pure. Kiri Te Kanawa, the consummate Countess, also makes an appearance with a very moving "Dove Sono".This disc is also teaching me to appreciate the greats of yesteryear like Kirsten Flagstad and Birgit Nilsson - the legendary Wagnerian sopranos.PLEASE don't listen to the previous reviewer - Kathleen Battle does not "fall flat" on Durch Zärtlichkeit. Only a beautiful soubrette like hers could pull off a challenging aria like that, and she does it marvelously (as usual ;)BUY THIS CD!"
A delightful representation of opera repertoire!
Christopher A. Lanter | 02/16/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The arias on this album are centered around the Classical and Romantic traditions in opera, when beautiful singing was key to expression. The selected performances are among the best and most representative of standard opera repertoire. For newcomers to opera, this album will whet your tastes for more. A more experienced ear will appreciate the collection for its comprehensiveness and the artistry of the performers."