Fiorenza Cossotto, filmed from the wings of La Scala, belting out the Principessa’s aria from Adriana Lecouvreur.
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10 Responses to “Here she is, boys! Here she is, world!”
Was Ivo the cameraman?
I remember with pleasure Fiorenza’s Principessa at the Met with Scotto and Carreras back in the late 70’s.
And a super-extraordinary Eboli with Corelli in the early 70’s !
And she was a white hot Santuzza at SFO with Ermanno Mauro — they threw all caution to the wind and it was the most exciting Cav I have ever seen. Cappuccilli was the Alfio. Mauro and Cappuccilli returned for the double bill Pagliacci, joined by Diana Soviero as Nedda. Thinking back, that seems almost too good to be true. I may not sleep tonight just reminiscing. 🙂
I saw her as Carmen and Azucena and a few times as Amneris. I will never forget that loud blazing blasting Judgment Scene. That was one of the first times that I experienced “stopping the show” because the scene changed instantly to the Tomb Scene, but the audience just kept applauding and cheering. The performance could not continue until everyone quieted down, and that took a long time.
She was such a dominating force that I cannot even remember who the Aida was. (I’m sure McCracken was Radames.)
How curious. This video has spurred virtually no comments. It’s interesting to hear her from this angle,without the cushion of the orchestra for her to blend into. Sounds a bit rough and aged. Medium amount of audible gear shifting. Ever so slightly flat on the big note at the end. But she definitely has it in her voice. I wish I could have heard it live.
jatm – I think even our “resident bitches”🙂 realise its a bit rich taking a singer apart based on an old clip filmed from the wings years ago. Of course its always going to sound distorted and unbalanced. Besides- some of them are already quite busy taking poor Rennay apart (again) on the Rodelinda blog.
has anyone seen the video from Baarcelona ’88 of Gioconda where Fiorenza sings Laura and la Bumbry sings Gioconda – wow, that was a night for seatbelts……the end of the big slanging duet had two Bbs, sharp of course from la B, and flat from la C – talk about wow and flutter…..however it is worth witnessing as it is a masterclass in the lost art of temperament………can’t remember the men – guess they didn’t get a look in – and who can blame them….
The sound isn’t so great, the diva is a little past her prime (is that a date, 1989, on the film?) but what’s not to love here? You’ve got a Big Italian Voice and Big Italian Temperament singing in her natural Fach (what a concept!). That’s how it’s done, who can do this now?