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Published on Jul 6, 2007
Beverly Sills surely was one of the greatest sopranos of the past century, moreover a true vocal virtuoso and, even more importantly, a very lovely person :-). Her recordings of Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" & "Roberto Devereux" are hard to beat (especially if we are talking about the latter), her Lucia still brings tears to our eyes and her perky Norina & Fiorilla make us laugh. Come to think of it, Sills was a very rare kind of singer: she gave meaning to everything she sang; even the silliest aria became a small masterpiece in her hands. The present except proves these points. Cleopatra's "Da tempeste" is a quite difficult aria, technically speaking, but Sills astounds us with the easiness of her singing without any apparent effort, while managing to convey the character of Cleopatra properly. I do hope you enjoy this rendition (your comments are most welcome :-) ).