The first time I heard Leontyne Price was when I lived in New York. I was majoring in theater at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. My father and stepmother, Claudia Lindsey, a fine singer herself in her own right introduced me to this voice and I was blown away!
I was 18 and still had no idea I was going to sing myself. Some are late bloomers. 😉
There is a tone, a richness, an ever present intensity in her voice that goes above anything out there. Doesn’t mean she is the only one. I love listening to and get inspired by by many singers. Yet, it is Leontyne Price I come back to, to be knocked over.
This concert version of Cho-Cho-San’s last aria “Tu? Tu? Piccolo Iddio” from Madama Butterfly gives me chills all over, Every time!
During my studies at Pratt we only staged one opera once. Madama Butterfly. The singers and orchestra where professionals, but the crew, costumes, set and mask where made by us students. What a learning experience. I loved it!
Listen! She crawls into my being…
The aria is Butterfly’s last farewell to her son before she commits suicide. For those not knowing: The musical Miss Saigon is based on this opera by Puccini. Storyline just moved to Vietnam instead of Japan.
I have the full recording of her Madama Butterfly, of course. I also have Il Trovatore and Tosca but strangely enough not Aida. Then some collections of arias and songs.
She is 86 today. Yet at 81 she still had her voice in command! Listen to her sound at the end of this short clip. That is no little old lady singing! That is proof of developing and taking utmost care of your voice since day one.
I’m so grateful for recordings and YouTube! 😀
Where do you go to listen and get encouraged to continue? Scroll down to the comment box and give us your favorite names. Thank you for sharing your sheroes!
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