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In anticipation of the Met in HD Carmen tomorrow starring Latvian mezzo Elina Garanca, I have selected a clip of her when she was only 23 years old and fresh out of the conservatory in Riga. She sings the Aria and Cantilena from Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5. The date is 1999, and the location is the Mirjam Helin Singing Competition in Helsinki, which she won. The same year, she sang Maddalena in Rigoletto at the Savonlinna Opera Festival. This lovely Villa-Lobos work is usually sung by a soprano. It requires beauty of tone (of course) but also long…

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Vocal: March 22, 2010 will be a special day for Rolando Villazon, as the Mexican tenor is scheduled to return to the stage after a hiatus a full year. It was announced last May that Villazon had surgery to remove a cyst in his vocal cord, a condition that had ended the careers of singers in the past. In a video clip posted a month and a half ago on his website, a jubilant Rolando exclaims: “My voice is back!” He is due to resume his career at the Vienna State Opera as Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore. In this comeback year,…

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With the increasing emphasis on looks in opera, management, impresarios and audiences are always on the lookout for the “total package” – a combination of voice, training, musicality, and physical attractiveness. A singer with a fine voice combined with personal beauty is more likely to have a good career. Russian soprano Olga Peretyatko is a case in point – a beautiful lyric coloratura combined with solid training and beauty queen looks. She sang the Nightingale in the Robert Lepage production in Toronto last fall and wowed everyone. The Stravinsky piece does not show off the voice the way a Mozart…

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