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THE VOICE OF ELENA SOULIOTIS Import

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B008V4H5L4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matt B on March 28, 2013
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This well filled disc documents the all too short prime of Elena Souliotis. In the mid 1960's she was hailed as the heir to the throne of Maria Callas... and considering that she was of Greek heritage all the more pressure was put upon her to carry forth the torch of La Divina... However, it was not to be. By the end of the decade the voice was a mere shadow of what it had been. Consequently, the promise was never fulfilled. Still, there were those prime years when Decca recorded her in a selection of arias as well as several complete operas.

She was first cast as Abagaile in Verdi's Nabucco... and in what is often considered to be the finest recording the opera has ever received. Souliotis bites into the venomous role with a fervor that rivals the great Callas herself... The initial selection on the disc features Abagaile's opening scene from that recording and that alone is worth the price of admission. This is followed by a series of arias that were taped on two separate occasions and includes arias and scenes by Donizetti (Anna Bolena), Verdi (Macbeth, Un Ballo in Maschera, Luisa Miller, La Forza del Destino), Ponchielli (La Gioconda), and Mascagni (Cavalleria Rusticana). All the selections are delivered with a dramatic conviction, if with a reckless abandon and overuse of chest voice that contributed to her early demise... but what a way to go!

My only caveat concerns the fact that Souliotis never learned how to execute a trill properly... and as such she avoids virtually all such opportunities... This affects the finale of Donizetti's Anna Bolena in an adverse way... However, the piece is performed with such conviction and insight that one can easily forgive such a lapse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 18, 2015
I won't go over old ground too much regarding the blazing brevity of Souliotis's career as a spinto soprano other than to remark that these recordings were made between 1965 and 1966, only a couple of years after her début while she was still in her early twenties and while she had virtually everything to delight an audience: the voice, dramatic intensity as an actress, looks,temperament and novelty. She was essentially finished by the early seventies, making a comeback after a break as a mezzo-soprano and singing until the year 2000, even making a final recording as la Zia Principessa in the early 90's, but of course her reputation rests on that decade when she was spoken of in the same breath as Callas and Gencer.

Both the latter made a speciality of Anna Bolena, and the twenty minute final forms the centrepiece of this Eloquence recital compilation but good as it is I don't think it best illustrates her gifts and would instead cite the opening track as representing the best of this enormously exciting singer. For one thing, although she had huge amplitude, ethereally floated top notes, a Callas-style portamento and ripe lower register, excellent intonation, the ability to colour and vary her tone, she lacked a proper trill which Donizetti demands and it seems to me that temperamentally Abigaille is more up her street. Certainly hers ranks alongside the recordings of Callas and Dimitrova for sheer thrills; she simply dominates the fiendishly difficult tessitura and wide emotional range. The same can almost be said of her Lady Macbeth and in truth I don't think anyone except she and Sylvia Sass come as close to Callas's definitive delivery of the Lady's arias, but Callas still reigns supreme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chef Joe on December 28, 2014
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Elena Souliotis reached stardom early and burned out. Her uneven voice came apart early in her career. This disc shows her at her best. The voice is fresh and exciting in repertory she pioneered on record.
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