Thursday, July 26, 2012

Great Singer of the Week: Carol Neblett

Today I give you Carol Neblett, a great singer of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.  She made her Met debut singing Senta, and sang Tosca over 200 times in some pretty impressive company.  Here she is with Justino Diaz (Caracas, 1988, cond. Carlos Riazuelo according to one commenter):

This bio is only current to 2002, but rumor has it she remains active teaching and coaching, and one commenter to the above video noted that she was in a Los Angeles run of Follies at the time of the comment. More videos: Singing Quando m'en vo on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, apparently in 1979:
Singing In questa reggia in Pittsburgh, audio only, 1978:

Miss Neblett sang Norma in Miami in 1990, and I was in the chorus.  There were some absolutely sublime moments, and some less so--both for the chorus and for Carol.  I procured a CD online (it must be legal if it's sold online, right?) and enjoy listening to it in the car. (Have I mentioned I'm a great big Normaphile, too?)  No, I'm not going to give you a link.


Gale said...

I am listening to your clips using my new raspberry colored Urbanears, David. Miss Neblett is magically delicious.

Lucy said...

Thanks for this! I didn't know about her Senta or Turandot (Really Shameful Confession.) I've found her Minnie on Covent Garden's 1984 Fanciulla DVD absolutely irresistible (and Placido Domingo is pretty darn irresistible himself.)