Only one King, please.
"Stregata" <stre...@aol.com> wrote in message
Wonderful choice for coronation.
Would also be mine in the KOO composers catagory.
Ace of Hearts: Puccini
Ace of Diamonds: Mozart
Ace of Clubs: Wagner
Ace of Spades: Verdi
King of Hearts: Toscanini
King of Diamonds: Walter
King of Clubs: Furtwaengler
Kind of Spades: Klemperer
Queen of Hearts: Tebaldi
Queen of Diamonds: Lotte Lehmann
Queen of Clubs: Nilsson
Queen of Spades: Callas
Jack of Hearts: DiStefano or Jussi
Jack of Diamonds: Jussi or DiStefano
Jack of Clubs: Gobbi
Jack of Spades: Chaliapin
Among the eternity-challenged:
Clubs: Robert Dean Smith (just you wait)
Spades: position available
In his Angel publicity, Corelli was called the "Prince of Tenors." I wonder who
they thought the king was?"
King of all singers must be Caruso. But of the singers I heard live, it will
always be Tucker.
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> Wonderful choice for coronation.
> Would also be mine in the KOO composers catagory.
Over all categories, I say.
Truth to be told, I probably enjoy Puccini more. But that doesn't change
the fact that Verdi is the King.
Honorary aces: many.
> Jack of Hearts:
Yes, I'm for Caruso, too, every time I hear him (then for
Jussi and Pippo again when I hear _them_).
> Among the eternity-challenged:
Oops. I put some so-called eternity-challenged among the queens and jacks.
I should have said "Among those still singing," and avoided the
stupid wiseacre bit.
(Actually, I shouldn't have gotten into this at all.
It's a game with myself that my scattered brain always loses.)
David Melnick wrote:
>Ace of Hearts: Puccini
>Ace of Diamonds: Mozart
>Ace of Clubs: Wagner
>Ace of Spades: Verdi
>King of Hearts: Toscanini
>King of Diamonds: Walter
>King of Clubs: Furtwaengler
>Kind of Spades: Klemperer
>Queen of Hearts: Tebaldi
>Queen of Diamonds: Lotte Lehmann
>Queen of Clubs: Nilsson
>Queen of Spades: Callas
>Jack of Hearts: DiStefano or Jussi
>Jack of Diamonds: Jussi or DiStefano
>Jack of Clubs: Gobbi
>Jack of Spades: Chaliapin
>Among the eternity-challenged:
>Clubs: Robert Dean Smith (just you wait)
>Spades: position available
:-)))) --- I love this!!
top ten lists , anyone?
i believe that the pope has, on occasion, held secret his nominees for
the college of cardinals "in petto."
i prefer the more egalitarian individual judgment. good, bad, pass,
fail, judgment suspended pending further hearings.
Why so many people here like singer with ugly voice can't act. Always
sound same. Go listen to Andrea with beautiful voice then tell Tuchas
Tucker most great singer. Uncle Krepkin with bad wig better than
Tucker. Look better too.
Is easy. Tenor with big voice big high notes. Exciting singer make
Tuchas shiver. Kurt Baum is king. Always be king. Some people not like
say he ugly voice. They not know anything of opera. Open ears and
listen then you hear how he great great singer. CORRIAM VOLIAM
The King of Opera is definitely Placido Domingo, because of his
leading role in the world of opera performance and opera media for
over 25 years. He has outworked and outachieved all of his
contemporaries. His ambition, musicianship, and talent have allowed
him to make full use of new technologies which transformed
entertainment in the latter half of the 20th Century.
But Franco Corelli is the God of Opera, because of his matchless
vocal, physical, and theatrical personification of operatic heroes. I
consider it a miracle that a man of his background and temperament
could have become the operatic superstar he was. He utilized the face
and physique of a Hollywood leading man, a voice of great beauty,
power, and range, and an heroic but natural stage presence to become a
charismatic and stunning operatic performer.
Gotcha Mark! Probably wise to have a composer as ruler....wonder if anyone will
annoint a conductor???
Oh, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading your answer.....um, answers. Loved 'em.
There are many who might annoint themselves....
> [Eight] of Diamonds: Mozart
> [Eight] of Clubs: Wagner
> Ace of Spades: Verdi >>
Dead man's hand.
You be the judge!
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However, we have been most fortunate to have experienced a host of
subsequent Crown Princes in this Royal Family of Tenors: Bergonzi, Corelli,
DelMonaco, DiStefano, Tucker, Gedda, Young Pav, Vickers, Thill, Pertile,
Among the Dukes of Singing, I'd include Lanza, Labo, Shicoff, Merli, Masini,
Just a few names of great ones that move me, raise goose bumps when I listen
Stregata <stre...@aol.com> wrote in message
ANOINT.....a n o i n t.....ANOINT
In opera, the kings are selected by the fans. In pop music, the kings are
appointed by the PR people. ;--)
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>Simply for me, it's got to be Bjorling
> I think THE King will always remain Caruso. [...]
> However, we have been most fortunate to have experienced a host of
> subsequent Crown Princes in this Royal Family of Tenors: Bergonzi, Corelli,
> DelMonaco, DiStefano, Tucker, Gedda, Young Pav, Vickers, Thill, Pertile,
> Among the Dukes of Singing, I'd include Lanza, Labo, Shicoff, Merli, Masini,
> Fleta, Carreras.
In your populous opera court, is there no room for any soprano, mezzo,
baritone or bass?
> Who is he for you? There's an ongoing thread about a certain Spanish tenor
> being labeled as the King of Opera. Without any animus to start a flame or
> resurrect old battaglias, I would be curious to know who, from the bottom of
> your heart, would you consider as your very special King of Opera and why. Is
> it his voice, his delivery, any special idiosyncracy? What makes him so very
> Only one King, please.
In my case, need you even ask? José Van Dam, with no rivals
- truly beautiful voice, nearly flawless vocal production, a
superb actor on stage (yet can "act" with his voice, as well
- a genius for interpreting song literature). My only
reason for going to Europe is to hear him, since he so
seldom sings opera in the U.S. anymore - and not enough
concerts or recitals on the West Coast. (Yeah, I'm a
"groupie" - so what?)
He seems to be a genuinely nice human being, as well - he
certainly is gracious to his fans, when he encounters them.
Last year I was waiting with a group for the Met's backstage
tour, didn't even notice who was coming down the hall from
the dressing room area, until he came over and greeted me!
(You don't think THAT made my day?)
Mark D Lew <mark...@earthlink.net> wrote in message
Verdi and Wagner delighted the crowds
With their highly original sound.
The pianos they played are still working,
But they're both six feet underground.
- Michael Palin
Enrico Caruso's legacy is made up simply of recorded excerpts from operas.
My nominee would be someone whose recorded repertory includes complete operas
sung in Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish, and English.
There are not many singers who have provided such an extensive legacy.
No singer whose repertory is limited, however gifted, would claim first place
in my scheme of things.
On that basis, Pavarotti is a clear winner.
Three cheers for the Pav
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>You didn't specify that he must be a singer. For me, the King of Opera is
Interesting. For me, it would be Rossini. Not to say that he is my favorite
(although perhaps he is), just that he is the king. Or the king of Italian
I love Verdi, of course. And many more of his operas mesh better with modern
tastes and practices both in the purely muscial and dramatic sense as well as
with respect to the singers' ability to perform the vocal writing with a modern
technique. That said, I think that most of 19th century Italian opera up to,
say, Aida was a working out of the things that Rossini began in the early part
of the century. Only starting with Aida do we start getting operas that don't
seem to have any Rossinian influence. Verdi also benefitted by writing at the
end of this interesting period of musicodramatic transition rather than at the
beginning as did Rossini. It stands to reason that the works become more
advanced towards the end of the period.
Just my $0.02.