Sunday Morning Opera: The Willow Song


I rarely feature sopranos, but there are times when one must do what one must do.  The Willow Song, from Otello, by Verdi is one of those moments.

Leontyne Price

Maria Callas

Renata Tebaldi

Lotte Lehmann

Anna Moffo

Nellie Melba

Régine Crespin

Renata Scotto

Joan Sutherland

Renée Fleming

Rosa Poncelle

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

I’ve left out a lot of sopranos. Who is the best? I think my preference is the very first on the list. There is a fascinating irony. I don’t think Beverly Sills ever recorded it. I can’t find a copy. Of course we need a palate cleanser… I can only take so many sopranos at one time. We need a man’s voice.

Sigh, that’s so much better!