Christmas

December Divas: Leontyne Price’s “Christmas with Leontyne Price”

December Divas: Leontyne Price’s “Christmas with Leontyne Price”

For this final installment of “December Divas,” I wanted to highlight what I believe is the finest Christmas album yet produced by an opera singer: “Christmas with Leontyne Price.”

December Divas: Renata Tebaldi’s “A Christmas Festival”

December Divas: Renata Tebaldi’s “A Christmas Festival”

Vocal concerns take a back seat in this album. It’s a showcase of all of Tebaldi’s strengths and a masterclass in phrasing, building to a climax, and telling a story with music, a capstone to a long and distinguished singing career.

December Divas: Renée Fleming’s “Christmas in New York”

December Divas: Renée Fleming’s “Christmas in New York”

It’s not a classical Christmas album, but it’s nice background music and gives insight to where Fleming’s head it at right now as an artist.

December Divas: “Beverly Sills Singing Songs for Christmas 1955”

December Divas: “Beverly Sills Singing Songs for Christmas 1955”

It’s not a perfect Christmas album, but it’s a charming collection of secular Christmas music and a significant historical document from the career of a great singer.

December Divas: Angela Gheorghiu’s “Guardian Angel”

December Divas: Angela Gheorghiu’s “Guardian Angel”

Gheorghiu’s phrasing in English is sometimes odd and not every song on the album is cut out for the happy-go-lucky delivery almost every piece receives, but the holidays are about happiness, and this album has happiness in spades.

December Divas: Joan Sutherland’s “Joy To the World”

December Divas: Joan Sutherland’s “Joy To the World”

Sutherland manages to shape the familiar phrases of classic carols into something truly unique, and her bright, ringing voice communicates all of the joys of the Christmas season.

Merry Christmas!

Merry, merry, opera fans! Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating today! I wish everyone a FANTASTIC day! Here’s a Christmas card I thought you could all enjoy. ;-) And since it wouldn’t be Christmas without some opera, here is a pretty perplexing but nonetheless awesome rendition of “Feliz Nvaidad” from the Three Tenors:And here is just […]

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