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All the tenors in Los Angeles were there, and at the end they all movedforward and we’re pounding their fists on the stage for the encore. Wonder what we’d have to say if we could have heard some of the greats of the 18th and 19th century. Thank you so much. After a good warm up his voice is still velvety, clear and tenor with exceptions. Jonas Kaufmann Jonas Kaufmann — born July 10, 1969, a German tenor, particularly known for his spinto roles. 1.1. Add that he was tall and looked like a fifties movie star and you have a matchless package. Anyone have anything good to say about one of my favourite tenors, Jan Peerce? He starred in almost twenty movies and performed sixty two different opera roles. I personally like honeyed, sensual beauty tenors, and GDS and Jose Carreras I love both at the same LEVEL.I have one question to you: 3. Spinto tenor. One early Pavarotti aria that comes to mind is “A te, o cara,” with Joan Sutherland, which definitely showcases his early career. Solid as a brick wall and with a dark quality that so suits Otello. Carlo Bergonzi is an Italian Tenor, he is mainly connected with the Verdian roles. Non Ti Scordar Di Me by Ernesto de Curtis shows the tenor’s famous ‘honeyed’ tones to great advantage. Carlo Bergonzi is an Italian Tenor, he is mainly connected with the Verdian roles. A late bloomer who was much better in the second half of his career than in the first. Martinelli not only had an amazing instrument (he recorded into his 80s) but an incredible repertoire. Then, he took it for granted. We should remember that their talents and distinguished careers, and those of other Canadian artists, have been overshadowed by major entities such as CBC/Radio-Canada. Then he had vocal troubles he never got over. Now his voice has the Corelli tremulo. Jonathan Antione is missing. He had an unusually beautiful voice, paired with huge volume and a perfect technique which allowed him to sing that rarest of tenor tones, the high C, … Sheikh Red Shadow, (The Desert Song) 1.6. There is no tenor on your list with Simoneau’s singular gifts. Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) was the most famous opera singer after the era of Maria Callas. Spinto tenors have a darker timbre than a lyric tenor, without having a vocal color as dark as many (not all) dramatic tenors. I used Gedda’s Postillion de Lonjumeau aria to blast neighbors playing garbage music very loudly. The high tenor range, sometimes referred to as countertenor or tenor 1, is the highest male range. Perhaps you should reconsider Vickers!! He had a fine lyric tenor voice in his early career, but later he began to sing nasal. Di Stefano was known for the extraordinary beauty of his sound and the emotional content he uniquely added to the music he sang. What a great injustice you did to Pavarotti! Along with Domingo and Pavarotti, he’s perhaps deserving of an honorable mention. 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I presume you are asking what made Luciano Pavarotti so special among opera singers. Spinto tenor - Chest voice head voice mix in limited but tessitural chiaro scuro with power I agree with your comment about Mario Lanza. 4. He is the only LIGHT lyric tenor that I would include: Leopold Simoneau. They are presented in the order of their birth. Helge Rosvaenge (1897-1972) was a Danish tenor who made most of his career in Germany and Austria. You definitely don’t appreciate the best! Verrano a te from the first act of Lucia di Lammermoor shows both Pavarotti and Renata Scotto in prime form. His “Il Mio Tesoro” is right up there with John McCormack’s (who, by the way, deserves mention as well, especially if you know of that story about Caruso meeting on him on the street one day and asking him how the ‘Greatest tenor in the world’ was doing that day). Spintos have a heavier and darker sound than the lyric soprano, but not as heavy and dark as the dramatic soprano. The warm, pleasant lyric voice can be used for a variety of roles and lacks the edge of a spinto or the upper extension of a leggiero. For more on the 20th century’s 10 best tenors go here. Within the tenor voice-type category are seven generally recognized subcategories: leggero tenor, lyric tenor, spinto tenor, dramatic tenor, heldentenor, Mozart tenor, and tenor buffo or spieltenor. He blasted everyone off the stage even if his back was turned to the house. Gedda is fantastic, You might try Peter Anders here. My dad got to hear him in person; I was not so lucky. Richard Tucker (1913-1975) is the only American on my list. Regards November 11, 2013 at 9:16 pm. Totally agree about Lanza, Tucker, and Kaufmann. Even good German singers often lose me when they sing Italian or French roles. Though roles are abundant, competition is stiff for lyric tenors. It was first published *gasp* eight years ago in 2011. The spinto voice type is recognisable by its tonal "slice" or squillo. Also loved Krauss, Vickers and early Flaviano Labo. Hi Neil, His voice was much smaller than it appears on recordings. Also, someone mentions Gedda’s “Postillon von Lonjumeau” and I’m sure they’re referring to his take on the aria “Mes amis, ecoutez l’histoire.” And yes, it’s very good. Saw the Pasadena Tosca with that “Vittoria” that went around the world and back. The tenor lead in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci is another well-known example of a spinto part. You made it sound as if he was “washed up” after the 70s. While Del Monaco is my favorite for ‘Opera Noir,’ esp. Va prononcer ma mort, Rachel quand du seigneur from the last act of Halevy La Juive recorded at a concert performance of the opera in London in 1971 shows the 58 year old tenor still in possession of his big sound. I’d like to edit my answer about Pavarotti. Tucker, for instance, could be heard irrespective of where he or the listener was situated. He wasn’t known for his musicianship nor his work ethic. Tenor Roles in Operetta: All of the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operettashave at least one lead lyric tenor character; other notable roles are: 1. roles, he certainly stands alone at least in the post electrical era. Ailyn Perez opened the Dutch National Opera’s 2019-20 season, won the Opera News Awards, made her role debut as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” at the Houston Grand Opera, and became ambassador for Opera America and Opera for Peace. As with many of his contemporaries, the Second World War gave him the opportunity to establish himself in this country, and for the next quarter of a century, no one surpassed this native son in terms of voice, commitment, integrity, and devotion to the lyric art. However In my view one celestial voice with supreme musicianship belongs not only in the top 10 but perhaps even in the top 5. I totally agree. For example, a voice with a mezzo's tone colour and the high notes of a soprano, or a voice with a tenor range and a baritone's tone colour, is a spinto. Again, thanks for a great post and inviting comment. Try to get ahold of Peerce chanting. The Top 40 Pop Artists of All Time. That some people think he is–quoting one I know–a “god” is a testament to their lack of circumspection and to the Pav’s rapacious publicist ex-car exec who would’ve shipped the Pope to Mars if he thought it would grow Pavarotti’s fame and fatten their wallets yet more. Juan Diego Flores is on the top. That he uses it now to interpret baritone roles appears to not bother those who attend his performances to this day. I am surprised you did nor list Gedda,…however I would not give him a top ten spot either, although he was a great tenor for sure. JUGENDLICHER HELDENTENOR [‘ju:.gənt.lɪ.çɐ ‘hɛl.dən.te.’no:ʁ] (c’ to c”) Nicolai Gedda 1959 Heavy Spinto Tenor. What power what intensity, Brilliant! The greatest I ever heard in person was Nikolai Gedda In the 1970s. Lanza’s voice was a perfectly placed lirico spinto of extended range (low A to high D) with a luscious baritone quality, which made him sound oh, so masculine (unlike most modern tenors whose voices are shrill, weak, or strained). Vis a vis Placido Domingo, again, agree. Lorenz 3rd act of Tristan was in a class by itself. He loved a lot and he was loved by a lot. Then I heard him sing the song transcribed from Anton Rubenstein’s “Romance in Eb”–“If You Are But a Dream.” He inhabited the music and its text, utterly faithful to music and words. These sub-categories include: Leggiero tenor or Tenore di grazia, Lyric tenor, Spinto tenor, Dramatic tenor, and Heldentenor. Actually I concur with many of the tenors you have chosen. But your comment about the size of certain celebrated voices reminded me of a time my brother and I saw a “Macbeth”with Milnes as the title character and Ruggiero Raimondi in the relatively small role of Banquo. https://www.classicfm.com/artists/placido-domingo/guides/top-10-tenors Editor’s note: It’s time to update this list of best male opera singers. 6.Franco Bonisolli I choose him as no 6 after studying his carreer more intensely over the last year year,..such a natural flowing legato of a lyric with a touch of the dramatic in his voice. Richard Tucker. A role fitting for a spinto tenor, the music written for Calaf needs a tenor with a bright timbre and high range, whilst retaining the support of lower registers, so that the voice might be pushed to dramatic climaxes. I like Max Lorenz much better than Melchior. A lyric tenor voice is defined by the smooth, bright and warm timbre of it’s voice. Fritz Wunderlich an absolute pure beautiful lyric yet powerful tenor a voice of such great distinction. Similar to the lyric tenor in range but with more heft, particularly towards the top. If you want sheer perfection, go to this on You might well find our Web site of interest. Tenor Fächer: What Kind of Operatic Tenor Are You? I don’t think they had a 30th Anniversary Gala for him at the Met if his singing had gone way downhill! 10 Pavarotti,….I agree,..he desrves the no 10 spot. Both Giuseppe Di Stefano (1921-2008) and Franco Corelli (1921-2003) were born in the same year. what is the reason of the TENOR-crisis at time, generally? Drop Pavarotti??? Listen to him in his prime. Generally, baritone’s range is between A2 to A4. I saw the marvelous Corelli in this role. ... Renata Tebaldi was and is surely one of the best Spinto soprano voices that any century has ever heard. Young Domingo had a fine lyric tenor voice. The beauty and power of the sound the young Domingo produces is overwhelming. I’ve written several time about Giacomini. Sad. Leontyne Price. But before we get to the main list there are a couple of singers that are worth mentioning who did not make this year’s top 11. But before we get to the main list there are a couple of singers that are worth mentioning who did not make this year’s top 11. Many thanks also for your health tips. Many find they must develop their acting and movement skills in order to stand out from the competition and earn a living as an opera singer. With practice and proper technique, you can sing in high tenor, whether you’re in choir, a musical, or just for fun. A metallic voice with noble, tenoral quality, that can sing both lyric and dramatic passages. I first heard Michael Spyers on The Opera Show, ABC Australia. Greatest Opera Singers in History. and what palce would be for you Jose Carreras? I had always heard and accepted the line on him–big eater, robotic voice. Nessun Dorma. Browse through all Handel Tenor Opera Arias. I realize these are your 10, but I really don’t believe Pavarotti is one of them. This voice has the brightness and height of a lyric tenor, but with a heavier vocal weight enabling the voice to be "pushed" to dramatic climaxes without strain. I limited myself to 10. For some people, the “best” is the “coolest” and “latest”. In the duet that concludes the second act of Otello he’s paired with another vocal miracle, Leonard Warren. His rendering of “una vergine” from La Favorita by Donizetti is totally mindblowing ending with a diminuendo on the high C. Incredible. Many find they must develop their acting and movement skills in order to stand out from the competition and earn a living as an opera singer. The German equivalent of the Spinto fach is the Jugendlicher Heldentenor and encompasses many of the Dramatic tenor roles as well as some … To me, his voice has shades of the great German tenor, Fritz Wunderlich? His voice was not only clarion clear and bright, with excellent diction in several languages, as well as outstanding control, but he excelled in the warhorses like Otello, as well as Siegmund and more offbeat stuff like Peter Grimes. Camille, Count de Rosillon, (The Merry Widow) 1.4. He also does not quite equal Corelli’s absolutely superb O SOLE MIO in my opinion. Fritz Wunderlich probably has the sweetest and most lyric voice in all the tenors. Prince Karl, (The Student Prince) 1.5. Let your readers make comments based upon your fair representation of everyone. With links to: the scene itself (with movie, libretto and more information), the roles, the composer and the opera. And I tried to like him. Corelli was wonderful, And I think Mario Lanza is right up Notung! Listen to the Best of Pavarotti on Apple Music and Spotify and read our guide to the best tenors below. He’s now 77–and still selling tickets. I’ve listed 10 singers. Some fans, it seems, are not enamored of Melchior, but his Winterstürme in that 1935 recording is truly amazing. Richard Tucker was unquestionably one of America’s greatest tenors. AMAZING! Put up your list of ten. He makes other Siegfrieds lackluster. One of his breakout roles occurred with the 2003 Salzburg Festival for the role of Belmonte in … Spinto tenor. Speak well of all of them. 8. I recently read a list of the greatest Schubert recordings ever made and saw not a single mention of Hans Hotter, Janet Baker, or Elizabeth Schwarzkopf. Wonderful list. The only Wagner role he sang onstage was Parsifal. Golden voice and solid technique. Nevertheless, his greatest moments arrived at a later date, especially with the appearance of Verismo operas. Yet the former’s career was headed south at just about the same time as the latter’s was taking off. The lyric tenor. Singing in high tenor can be achieved by expanding your vocal range, and mastering both your chest voice and falsetto. I am being polite. Within the tenor voice-type category are seven generally recognized subcategories: leggero tenor, lyric tenor, spinto tenor, dramatic tenor, heldentenor, Mozart tenor, and tenor buffo or spieltenor. Listen to O Sole Mio! Get the best possible recordings for all of them. The voice is usually split, in opera, in to sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. But if we’re going to get into “niche” singers, how ’bout Alfredo Kraus? I’ve listed the 10 tenors that I think were the best of those active in the 20th century. JUGENDLICHER HELDENTENOR [‘ju:.gənt.lɪ.çɐ ‘hɛl.dən.te.’no:ʁ] (c’ to c”) Nicolai Gedda 1959 Heavy Spinto Tenor. No one else comes close. Melchior’s sloppy rhythm, less pleasant timbre, less vocal acting, and showoff style are not as impressive to me. Del Monaco and Di Stefano would not make my top ten list ever. What about Corelli, who probably had one of the shortest good tenor careers? Ailyn Perez opened the Dutch National Opera’s 2019-20 season, won the Opera News Awards, made her role debut as Donna Anna in “Don Giovanni” at the Houston Grand Opera, and became ambassador for Opera America and Opera for Peace. Jussi Björling (1911-1960) was as close to perfection as a singer could get. I have never lseen him listed on any top tenor lists of any kind but if one has heard him in Mozart or the lighter French tenor Thanks to YouTube and my interest as a bari-tenor, I’ve heard them all. No tricks. The purity and cleanliness of his voice is instantly recognizable, and made him a superstar early on in his career. This is also called tenor leggero. Whose place would he have taken? Please. About seven or eight years after his debut (1945) at the Met he morphed into a full fledged spinto. Although primarily a lirico-spinto tenor for most of his career, especially popular for his Cavaradossi, Hoffmann, Don José, & Canio, he quickly moved into more dramatic roles, becoming the most acclaimed Otello of his generation. ‘Nessun dorma’ is a great case of this, used in many … Lauritz Melchior (1890-1973) was the preeminent Wager tenor since the advent of sound recordings. Not only an incredible voice, but unique, spellbinding interpretations. Some spinto tenors may have a somewhat darker timbre than a lyric tenor as well, without being as dark as a dramatic tenor. 8. Candide, (Candide) 1.2. Leo Slezak, the great dramatic tenor, for me beats out all the wonderful lyric tenors with his 1903 “Viens, Gentille Dame.” Holds me in an orgasmic vice!!! A deservedly celebrated (albeit brief) star. Wonderful tenors both. No one gets to reign forever, I don’t care how Italian they are. In any event, it’s great fun working up lists of the greatest opera singers. I wish I could include Pertile, Leo Slezak Jan Kiepura and probably Gedda also,…so here it is,…thank you for reading! Put his name in the search bar to see some of the posts that mention him. Donizetti - Pour mon âme. But Lanza would make if not movie career ,and not Corelli? there. A unique vocal wonder. March 20, 1890 was a good day for tenors. The only Wagner role he sang onstage was Parsifal. Types of ... Why You Should Sing the Way You Talk and How to Do It. Milnes, if he turned away from you, was hard to hear. Spinto Soprano . Jussi Björling has it all. Unfortunately he kept singing way past his best years. mes amis, quel jour de fête!' Greatest Opera Singers in History. Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) was the most famous opera singer after the era of Maria Callas. You’re obviously either very young or new to opera. His end was tragic and you can read about elsewhere on this site. 2 Jon Vickers. Helge Rosvaenge (1897-1972) was a Danish tenor who made most of his career in Germany and Austria. Bryan Hymel is the most exciting tenor I’ve heard in since the 70’s. And is credited with keeping Verdi,s lesser known works alive, Essentially a lyric tenor with spinto capabilities, Bergonzi was loved during the peak of his career for his beautiful diction, smooth legato, warm timbre and … He receives standing ovation all over the world thanks to his facility to project with timbre extraordinary and clearly metallic high notes placed on the top. Then I saw him on youtube in the Bayreuthe Festspiele version and the voice was far better. There are very few listeners left who heard him live at the old Met. You are absolutely right. This voice has the brightness and height of a lyric tenor, but with a heavier vocal weight enabling the voice to be "pushed" to dramatic climaxes with less strain than the lighter-voice counterparts. I guess you really prefer Corelli. ... Why You Should Sing the Way You Talk and How to Do It. You did not mention Wunderlich. Spinto Soprano . An example is Peter Pears, who sang the tenor solos in Benjamin Britten’s operas. In 2003, he recorded Mozart’s Idomeneo, aged 78. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. As you say, the list is subjective. To hear him at his peak you have to go back to the sixties and seventies. Giving the show away at the end….Placido is agricultural compared to most of the others….’dropping’ Pavarotti, come on, don’t be silly. As Anna Russell would say, “Screechenralph!! Before he retired, by his own admission, his voice was not reliable. You could have chosen a fine recording of one of his beautiful arias easily available on YouTube. Do you think now in these days there is a tenor or tenors who (according to your guess) will make it into 21st centuries top tentenors list ? Margaret. I agree with the switch plan if Lanza had built an opera career. Can’t remember, but I think there is a recording on YouTube. Virtually all his roles were sung in German. This is from a 1958 Met performance. 100 of the Best Pop Songs of All Time. The voice is usually split, in opera, in to sopranos, mezzo-sopranos, tenors, baritones and basses. I don’t think anyone else reading and listening to this post/video would think so either. Mario Lanza. Wälse! Spinto. Corelli….fantastic. This Mexican tenor has become the ‘encore’ man of the opera world. Lanza’s voice was a perfectly placed lirico spinto of extended range (low A to high D) with a luscious baritone quality, which made him sound oh, so masculine (unlike most modern tenors whose voices are shrill, weak, or strained). Loved that guy! And for Wunderlich go here—-> https://medicine-opera.com/2010/10/two-that-got-away/. The tornado of a voice possessed by Vickers is a wonder of nature, even in Otello I choose him over MDM,..especially in the middle register, the voice has weight and a deep sound required for Otello, and no voice has ever had these qualities. The British audience goes crazy after this reading. But listen to Helge Roswaenge’s version of that aria (and many others). Lyric tenors are probably the most common fach of tenors found in nature. Spinto tenor. Whenever I am learning a new Neapolitan canzone, Lanza is one of the first people I look for on YouTube. As in our discussion of spinto sopranos, "spinto" means pushed. A duet with Scotto, who does most of the singing? Subscribe I wish I could find a recording of Gedda and Mary Costa in Fra Diavolo. The Greatest Tenor of the 20th Century title belongs to him (and these experts have already said Greatest Ever (link to BBC 2008): http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/bbcworldwide/worldwidestories/pressreleases/2008/03_march/music_magazine_domingo.shtml). His legato phrasing is of outstanding beauty, his 3 top-Cs in "Vittoria" in act 2 are splendid and his diminuendi in "E lucevan le stella" as well as in the "O dolci mani"-arioso, are indeed outstanding even compared to those of Giuseppe di Stefano in the legendary 1953-production with Callas and Gobbi. Gold Supporting Member. The spinto tenor. You can take your dog for a walk around the block before Melchior finishes the second ‘Wälse’. To hear him at his peak you have to go back to the sixties and seventies. Tucker carries with him what I like to call a “leprechaun timber, all the way from his lower register up to the C. In addition, his timber lacks a certain richness of overtone–it sounds somewhat shallow and washed out. Good, Pierre. Unfortunately he kept singing way past his best years. I just have a few video clips where they both sound fantastic. The leading tenors in some of the most famous operas are all lyric tenor roles. If you’re interested in pre-1950 tenors, (not to mention sopranos, mezzos, baritones, basses and even a castrato), you might enjoy checking. His voice is sheer magic. The Top 40 Pop Artists of All Time. Certainly, George Thill, Fritz Wunderlich and Tito Schipa should have made this list over the above-mentioned three. [respectfully] Gigli would also not make my top ten list,…too much crying in the voice,….but a beautiful voice. It’s as impossible to rank the top tenors as it is to rank the top poets or ballet dancers. I have tried to pick a selection for each tenor that shows him at his best and which also presents at least one of his unique characteristics. Rosalind Plowright defines a spinto voice as one that has a tonal colour one down from its range. I remember reading a quote from Björling who, in answer to a question about why he didn’t do “Lohengrin” on stage, said, “Who would believe that I could ever win a battle with broadswords”. This most difficult tenor aria to date reaches an incredible high D, whereas other singers and tenors view the famous top C as the limit of the tenor’s range. (Sometimes the terms lirico-spinto or jugendlich-dramatisch are used to denote this category of voice.). I think “Una Furtiva Lagrima” would be an excellent choice to feature Pavarotti’s outstanding operatic voice, rather than “A te, o cara,” which is also fine, but is a duet. These are my favourites: Virtually all his roles were sung in German. I’m surprised. Si pel ciel. Types of Operas. My list would be different. The next two tenors were born on that day. Honestly, I would have struggled with including either one of them on a top ten list, along with Richard Tucker as well. Had Lanza concentrated on opera instead of movies I think he’d have made the above list. Alfredo Kraus has a much finer voice than Domingo, by far. I fully agree with your comments regarding Tucker, Corelli and Caruso, what wonderful tenors they were and they will always be on my top ten list. Lyrischer Tenor roles and arias. An honorable mention should certainly be Fritz Wunderlich short as his career was. For what it’s worth, here is my top ten list in this order. To those who think he should go away, I say if the sight and sound of him bothers you so much, then pick someone else to entertain you, ok? Sir,..Thank you for your list. The spinto voice type is recognisable by its tonal "slice" or squillo. No other heldentenor is close to the great Dane. In this 1912 recording he’s joined by Frances Alda and Marcel Journet. Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) was the leading lyric Italian tenor of his era. Spinto (from Italian, "pushed") is a vocal term used to characterize a soprano or tenor voice of a weight between lyric and dramatic that is capable of handling large musical climaxes in opera at moderate intervals. Spinto tenors have a darker timbre than a lyric tenor, without having a vocal color as dark as many (not all) dramatic tenors. Menu. Even better than the Parma ‘Vittoria.’ His E lucevan le Stelle held you on a tight rope. Tenor Fächer: What Kind of Operatic Tenor Are You? Alas, marriage and family came along, a decision I do not regret. For my take on Slezak go here—-> https://medicine-opera.com/2012/06/leo-slezak/ Like Domingo, though, it became nasal with time. You also need to know what the mixed voice is within tenors. As my voice teacher, Todd Duncan said I could have an international singing career. What soul what emotion,..the tue italian spinto! And for a while he took advantage of his blessing. Yes, Herbert. At last, Mateus, someone mentions the great Giacomo Lauri-Volpi. Someone mentions the limitation of Del Monaco (great as Otello, but otherwise, meh), but I have to say his Don Jose was killer. Domingo was a wonderful tenor in every respect except one,he did not possess a clear sounding confident high C,..compare him to say Tucker or Corelli,…that’s the difference,…so although he was great no top ten post on my list for Placido. Frequently lacking correct breath support, he sings with a remarkable sweetnessof tone. While his voice was not big enough to sing Calaf in Puccini’s Turandot in a staged performance, on records he is the best there is. You dissapointed me about Bjorling, in my opinion and many others the finest tenor of them all,…and you say it but you could have said a little more about this vocal wonder from Sweden! He can be heard from the sixties and seventies on the Internet. nobody else out of the now working tenors? And full agreement about Tucker. I’d be interested to see it. The amazing thing is that three of them were born in 1921 and one died….Caruso, the day Lanza was born. I’ve heard his recordings. which occurs in the first act of Die Walküre. Readers are invited to submit their own lists in the comments section. This Fach is the dividing line between the lyric and dramatic tenor voice. I was lucky enough to hear him sing Manrico at the tail end of his career and he was still kicking the doors out. Lyric tenor - Chest/head voice mixed register with a ringing top . His light voice is a stark difference to the German tastes in music then; they preferred heavy Wagnerian voices. I listened to the incredible Schmidt often in the 50s. After that, he is still first-rate. Immediately I realized my mistake last week above when I forgot to include Bergonzi. The excerpt is from a 1940 performance at the Met. Early in his career, Jan Peerce’s voice was truly remarkable. 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Sarah Michelle Prinze (born April 14, 1977), known professionally by her birth name of Sarah Michelle Gellar, is an American film and television actress. She became widely known for her role as Buffy Summers on the WB/UPN television series ’Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. Gellar has also hosted Saturday Night Live a total of three times (1998, 1999, and 2002), appearing in a number of comedy sketches. Gellar built on her television fame with a motion picture career, and had intermittent commercial success. After roles in the popular thrillers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Scream 2 (both 1997), she starred in the 1999 film Cruel Intentions, alongside Ryan Phillipe, Reese Witherspoon and Selma Blair, whose kiss with Gellar won the two the “Best Kiss” award at the 2000 MTV Movie Awards. She resides in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. They have been married since 2002, and have two children.

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