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It’s not a perfect Christmas album, but it’s a charming collection of secular Christmas music and a significant historical document from the career of a great singer.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