Maria Callas, From the Opera ‘Gianni Schicchi’

{Ed Note: A number of weeks ago, I posted an article on Hayley Westenra, whom I adore. One of the clips I included was Westenra singing O Mio Babbino Caro. DlphcOracl sent me comments, pointing out  the importance of emotional connectivity and role interpretation in delivering an aria. Voice enough is not enough. To show what he meant, he pointed me to Maria Callas singing O Mio … Continue reading Maria Callas, From the Opera ‘Gianni Schicchi’

The Voice of Hayley Westenra

I first heard Hayley Westenra (b. 1987) back in 2003 when she was all of fifteen years old.  I knew then she would be a major talent in the classical crossover realm as her voice is simply mesmerizing.  From New Zealand, Westenra crosses many styles, such as classical, folk and pop, and performs songs in a multitude of languages from English, to Latin, Celtic, Italian, … Continue reading The Voice of Hayley Westenra