Sunday, February 22, 2009

Elena Obraztsova Sings Acerba Voluttà

From a Soviet television broadcast in the early 80's, here is Elena Obraztsova singing Acerba Voluttà from Cilea's Adriana Lecouvreur in Tokyo. I hope you agree with me that this is a truly mind-blowing performance. Be sure to listen to the applause afterwards--it's extremely rare for a Japanese audience to show that kind of enthusiasm.

(Thanks, Wendy! Can't wait to hear you do this aria with orchestra...)

[Update: A query regarding how old Obraztsova was when she sang this aria (1980) yielded the following age based on the birthdate from her Wikipedia listing (1939): she would have been ~41.]

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