Three-quarter-length role portrait photograph, signed in full
by VANESS, Carol 1952-
Soprano Carol Vaness "has become one of the foremost American singers of her generation. She made her début in the 1977 spring season of the San Francisco Opera as Vitellia, a role which was to bring her acclaim in many opera houses later in her career and in which she has displayed to advantage her mezzo-like vibrancy of timbre, near-instrumental evenness of emission across a wide compass and fluent delivery of florid passagework. Outstanding among her other Mozart roles are Donna Anna (notably at Glyndebourne in 1982, a performance she later recorded) and Electra. A statuesque presence, somewhat cool response to words and detachment in matters of characterization lend her best Mozart performances a special classical distinction, a quality which has also made her an impressive exponent of Handel's Armida (Rinaldo), Alcina, Cleopatra and Delilah, and of the heroines of Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride (which she has recorded with Muti) and Alceste. Latterly Vaness has begun to focus on the larger-scaled, more dramatic roles of the Italian repertory, including Bellini (Norma), Verdi (Lenora in Il trovatore and La forza del destino, Violetta, both Amelias), and Puccini (Tosca, which she has recorded, also under Muti). As Rosalinde she shows an unexpected flair for comedy. Vaness is also an admired concert singer, and has recorded works such as Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Missa solemnis, and Verdi's Requiem." Max Loppert in Grove Music Online.. Ca. 253 x 203 mm. (Inventory #: 23992)
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