Re: A-Z of Singing
Posted by Ralph Moore on October 30, 2015, 8:12 pm, in reply to "A-Z of Singing"
To be fair, Paul Steinson attempts to pre-empt our inevitable outrage by writing, "Compiling an issue like this is positively begging for brickbats of the "Why on earth is So-and-So included when Such-and-Such is missing?" sort" but of course I would add my own squawk of protest at the omission of Claudia Muzio, Titta Ruffo, Marcel Journet, Louise Homer, Pasquale Amato, Dame Clara Butt, Cesar Vezzani, Ezio Pinza, Mark Reizen, Maria Cebotari, Max Lorenz, Alfred Piccaver and on and on. |
I count myself a reasonably knowledgeable and enthusiastic amateur student of the history of the operatic voice, yet I happily admit that Naxos have included amongst the famous names several singers of whom I have never or barely heard: Giordano Callegari, Giovanni Breviario, Maria Carena, Salvatore Cottone (who recorded with Caruso) and Jean Dansereau - all of whom strike me as very obscure choices indeed.
(Incidentally, the inclusion of Sir Landon Ronald in the list of singers appended to the review is obviously a small error; he was not a singer but "an English conductor, composer, pianist, teacher and administrator".)