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On the art of singing and those who practice it…

Farewell Giulietta

Today we have learned of the passing of the great Italian mezzo Giulietta Simionato at the age of 99. What can be said about this lady that has not been said before? Are there enough compliments and enough words to describe her importance and  significance to the art  form? Is there enough paper to enumerate her performances,  rehash her successes and reprint her reviews?

Suffice it to say that she has ensured a place among the honored on her own terms and not exclusively by the company she kept. Suffice it to say that she will be remembered for a long time and her recordings and performances still listened to and scrutinized long before those reading this have gone to pay their respects in the big Green Room in the sky.

If you are unfamiliar with the art of Simionato, there is plenty to see and hear on youtube. I will just give you a sample of her versatility: Cherubino and Amneris. How many mezzos can you name in the past 20 years who have successfuly navigated both roles? If you want to read more, click on her picture to be taken to her Wikipedia page.

Maestra, thank you for the music, the performances and for the support you gave to those who came after you. Rest in peace, your memory will live forever…


May 5, 2010 Posted by | In memoriam | Leave a comment