RIP Giulietta Simionato
One of the great singers has died, age 99. Take a moment to honor the artistry of Giulietta Simionato.
(The fact that Mario Del Monaco is inexplicably costumed as Fred Flintstone shouldn't detract from the vocal wattage.)
And don't miss this Anna Bolena duet with Callas.
Back in my youth, Simionato, while I venerated her, seemed to me a lighter and more elegant singer than the force-of-nature Ebe Stignani, another idol. Listening now, I'm reminded of just how substantial a vocal presence she was, with a dark lower register that sounded formidable without descending into caricature, and a stunning legato. And if I just unexpectedly spent a lot more time this morning revisiting these and other favorite old recordings than I had planned, I can think of no better way to honor the memory of a great artist.
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