V. Chau

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (159 of 178)
Location: San Diego, CA
In My Own Words:
Hello, people!

I am a college student at San Diego State University. I got interested in opera in 2002 and have been a major fan since. I love sopranos, Italian opera, some French opera, and most of all, Beverly Sills. I also hugely admire Caball and Nilsson. My two favorite composers would have to be Verdi and Puccini. I hope you have enjoyed reading my reviews:)

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,605,735 - Total Helpful Votes: 159 of 178
Lucia Di Lammermoor (Schippers, Lso, Sills, Bergon&hellip ~ Gaetano Donizetti
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This recording of Donizetti's masterpiece "Lucia di Lammermoor" deserves all the praise that has been heaped upon it. All the cast members are great and they are led by a world-class conductor. The London Symphony Orchestra plays magnificently for Thomas Schippers.
He was a great conductor. He keeps the score moving along, but also gives the more lyrical moments time to unfold. He conducts this opera for all it's worth. His reading is much more exciting than Karajan's overhyped live recording from Berlin with Callas and di Stefano. The German seems downright tame and his reading downright sleepy when compared with Schippers' propulsive and dynamic conducting. The chorus does a… Read more
Boito: Mefistofele ~ Arrigo Boito
Boito: Mefistofele ~ Arrigo Boito
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This is considered Arrigo Boito's masterpiece. Some consider it a semi-masterpiece, but it is definitely the masterpiece among the few operas that Boito composed. I do agree with those who think this opera is a less than ideal masterpiece. I will start the review by discussing the opera's virtues and faults.
"Mefistofele" is an opera of uneven quality. The music is very beautiful and serves the plot very well. It is very enjoyable and certainly does its job of conjuring up Heaven, Hell, angels, the supernatural, devilish going-ons, and lively crowd scenes. The Prologue is masterful in its depiction of Heaven. The music is both powerful and serene. The Epilogue is glorious too. It is… Read more
Bizet: Carmen ~ Georges Bizet
Bizet: Carmen ~ Georges Bizet
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
"Carmen" is a great opera to start one's introduction to the magical world that is opera. Georges Bizet wrote an opera with cohesive dramatic tension, finely-delineated characters, wonderful music, and pulsing energy. "Carmen" is truly a masterpiece. No wonder it is one of the most performed operas in the world's opera houses.
Maria Callas is one of the greatest sopranos of the past century. On this recording, we can see why. She is Carmen. There is none of the annoying bitchiness or overdone sexual flirtatiousness in her portrayal of the fiery, independent Gypsy that one gets so often with other interpreters of the role. Her phrasing is marvellous. Her French is surprisingly good. Not… Read more