Contralto: The Missing Diva

The audience is waiting with bated breath. They have heard that a true contralto is about to take the stage. They have all heard about the rarity of this exquisite voice type, sultrily feminine at its highest, warm and motherly in the middle, and soulfully androgynous at its lowest, most guttural extremes. Alas, they are…

Classical Music for the Season: 5 arias for Fall 2016

Casta Diva from Norma, by Bellini: This is one of the most famous arias of all times. Legendary renditions include those by Maria Callas and Montserrat Caballe. Written to be sung in Bel Canto style, Casta Diva is one of those arias that test a singer’s mettle through technique to raw talent. The bold high…