Rachel Howard

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (44 of 48)
Location: ocklawaha, Florida United States
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,745,487 - Total Helpful Votes: 44 of 48
La Forza del Destino ~ Giuseppe Verdi
La Forza del Destino ~ Giuseppe Verdi
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Well paced, passionate, with never a dull moment. Thomas Schippers died way too young, thus robbing the world of an exciting conducting talent. Short and sweet- Robert Merrill and Richard Tucker owned these roles. For some reason, Don Carlo turned on Merrill's creative juices and Richard Tucker became Alvaro, not juast sang him. Leontyne Price was, for me, the perfect Leonora. (Her pianissimo work is ravishing!) Verrett is in fine voice and Ezio Flagello blows me away with the richness of his voice and characterization. All in all, a fine performance, highly recommended!
The Singers ~ Nicolai Ghiaurov
The Singers ~ Nicolai Ghiaurov
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This really is one of the GREATEST basso cantantes of all time! I used to have all these songs on vinyl and I'm snatching up this CD as fast as possible. Ghiaurov sang with the voice of a god: Zeus, I think. Want to argue the point? Listen to Ghiaurov in Quand la Flamme. If anyone has heard anyone else sing this song with this kind of soaring power and grace, I definitely want to hear about it, so I can get that CD. There are two voices I can think of that might have matched Ghiaurov's power and beauty of voice: Feodor Chaliapin and Mark Reizen. In American voices? Jerome Hines has a similar majesty and feeling, along with Giorgio Tozzi and Ezio Pinza. None of them had Ghiaurov's sheer… Read more
Verdi: Otello ~ Toscanini
Verdi: Otello ~ Toscanini
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
This one has been THE classic performance for many fans of this opera for decades, and it certainly is one of my favorites. Toscanini had this opera in his blood. The performance is by turns outraged, warm and languid, exultant, evil, and noble. Vinay's voice was a noble instrument, filling the listener with every nuance of Otello's nobility, love, rage, jealousy, and remorse. This is a man who wore his heart on his shoulder, proudly displayed for everyone to see. The quality of the voice itself is unusual: powerful and baritonal, from top to bottom. Without the ringing top of a del Monaco or Domingo, it nonetheless is impressive and overwhelming.
Herva Nelli is very pretty as… Read more