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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't be faulted for vocal quality, but..., 27 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Barbara Bonney Sings Mozart (Audio CD)
There's no passion in Bonney's voice, especially in Mozart. It's ironic, really, that she talks so much in interviews about how it's essential to act through the voice in Mozart, and yet in practice this is the one area in which she fails. The quality of the voice itself is stunning - light, silvery, effortlessly beautiful. But there's not one drop of emotion in her singing, and that's what Mozart opera is all about - emotion. It's a shame, really, because I adore lighter voices for Mozart - larger voices are often too heavy and generally don't have the dramatic flexibility that lighter voices have. Mozart needs to be acted as well as sung, however, and no amount of pure vocal beauty will make up for that. My advice would be to go and buy Magdalena Kozena's or Bryn Terfel's all Mozart albums instead - not only do they have superb voices, but they're marvellous actors too. Bonney's interpretation just doesn't cut it for me, no matter how lovely her voice is, and the orchestral playing on this CD in general is pretty lifeless.
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