Beg your pardon but no:
Anyone heard of Dame Joan Sutherland?
Filed under: History & Culture, Music
I suppose it depends on your definition of ‘Diva’; in the Miss Piggy sense of the word, I’d say Dame Nellie’s lengthy string of farewell performances – ‘For the last time…no, really! This time we mean it!’…trumps La Stupenda’s ‘Fledermaus’.
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It was certainly prolonged.
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For me, in terms of living divas, Renee Fleming, and I’m not a fan of opera. Why? Her version of the Libera me Domine from Verdi’s Requiem at 4 mins into this Youtube video always makes my hair stand on end and brings tears to my eyes.
Just before she went on stage she heard that her long term music teacher/voice coach had died. At this point she closes her music and you can clearly see that she sings from her heart. Yes, there may well be better technical renditions but the emotional quality to her voice singing this aria is unbeatable.
This is the version for a mobile device (my Tablet) so you may need to search if you want to hear it. For those that may recognise the aria, it was sung at Princess Diana’s funeral.
Excuse me, I need a tissue……….
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