I Feel a Song Insufflating On!

From an article on Teresa Berganza‘s website, “Teresa Berganza, canto as expression of a style”:

She’s got black eyes and a white simile . . . .

Her voice, the subduing voice of Teresa Berganza is something like the invocation of a mystery made accomplice to the shinning of her gaze; a voice full of magic, that isn’t an intention of itself but natural meaning to the service of a sentiment. She insufflates on a song both the ideal lyric purity of a melody and the taking of an existentialist dramatic passion; a voice to and for every vowel; a voice for musical words, which she melts in a prodigious way.

Teresa Berganza enriches the sounds through inexorable phraseology; managing to send forth nitid words through a melody, her “legato” fuses rhythms and cadencies like a goldsmith.

In Teresa Berganza everything previously said gives an abundant argumentation to deduct an aesthetic synthesis, over which a sound personality lays a style . . . .

Undoubtedly Mozart, Händel, Purcell, Offenbach, Bizet and Massenet in the
immense space of their glory, would tremble in pleasure if they heard this
outstanding Madrid citizen unravel the mystery they left for us in their


7 Responses to “I Feel a Song Insufflating On!”

  1. You gotta love a singer with the ability to insufflate properly. I thought they had all died out long ago.

  2. A white simile? I never realized a simile could be white…

  3. Chalkenteros Says:

    Is the “shinning of a gaze,” like, being kicked between the eyes?

  4. celticpriestess Says:

    Yes, Spizz and everyone, most of the singers who insufflated died long ago, since it can produce some pretty severe congestion if not done with extreme caution. When I tried it, I needed to stay off work for two weeks, keep total silence, and enjoy the delights of antibiotics and an Alupent inhaler until I was able to speak and sing again! Played hell with my top notes, too! ;-))

  5. Il Tenore di Coloratura Superba Says:

    Am I the only one that had to pull out a dictionary and thesaurus for that article?? My favorite authors are some of the wordiest (can’t you tell!?) ones that ever existed…Melville, Conrad, Hawthorne, Carroll, Dickens…and I imagine that there are some words in that short article that they themselves never even came across, or at least, never thought to use them that way!!!

    I always liked Berganza, but I kinda get the feeling that whoever is writing about her may not actually know much about her, was just told that she was a great artist, and did his/her best at whipping up an accolade.

    I guess I’ll just have to scratch my head at this one!

  6. Il Tenore di Grazia Says:

    insuflate: 1) To breathe upon, as a person being baptized in certain Christian rites, to symbolize the inspiration of a new spiritual life and the expulsion of evil spirits. 2) To blow upon or into; as to insufflate a room with an insecticide. 3) To blow, as air into lungs in the case of asphyxia.

    (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary)

    If an insufflator can expulse evil spirits, I’d love to see quite a few current singers start insufflating right now.

  7. Flores para los muertos Says:

    Hmm…it reads like a passage that’s been fed through a translating program.

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