Moffo holds her own and then some in scenes with the intimidating soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, who sings the Countess. Still, her career could be seen as a cautionary tale about doing too Act III - Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon (Vinyl too soon. Anna Moffo was born in Wayne, Pa. In high school she was popular, proud of her hook shot on the basketball court and captain of the field hockey team. After graduation, Hollywood beckoned, but her parents, as Ms.
Moffo told it, wanted her to be a nun. Awarded a Fulbright fellowship, she went to Rome to study voice, master the Italian language and train for opera. She and Mr. Lanfranchi married in Sensing her star potential, he pushed her too hard. Recalling this period in a interview, Ms. Moffo lamented that she LP) an Act III - Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon (Vinyl of 12 new roles a year for the first four years of her career, all star parts.
Psychologically, I was miserable, always away, always alone. Her Met debut in was as Violetta in "La Traviata. Schonberg wrote that her singing needed "a little more personality. Moffo soon became a favorite at the Met, and remained so well into the 's. Building a Library, AprilModern Choice. View full details Read reviews Listen to samples. Building a Library, AprilFirst Choice.
With Luciano Pavarotti a powerful Des Grieux, James Levine conducts a comparably big-boned performance of Manon Lescaut, bringing out the red-blooded drama of Puccini's first big success, while This performance is unique, with Act 4 for once a culmination in Callas's supreme account of the death scene.
She may present a rather formidable portrait of a young girl in Act 1, but here the View full details. Add DVD Video to Act III - Massenet* / Puccini* - Anna Moffo - A Portrait Of Manon (Vinyl. View full details Read reviews Watch videos. Kaufmann is a gloriously ardent Des Grieux, recklessly embarking upon an emotional journey almost as distressing as that of the heroine herself.
Kristine Opolais matches him in a performance Some tones emerged well focused, some were spread, most were on pitch, but a noticeable number flat. Actually, all of tnese variables might have been less noticeable if the musical line had been sustained and projected more forcefully. It was obvious, however, that subtleties of phrasing, expressive vocal coloration LP) poetic inflection were simply not to be expected. After intermission, Miss Moffo seemed more relaxed and her singing was more fluent, reaching its greatest ease and persuasiveness in songs by Donizetti and Bellini.
It was appealingly dramatic and required little subtlety to make its points.
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