Friday, October 18, 2013

Great Singer of the Irregular Interval: Ileana Cotrubas

Today we discuss an underrated soprano of the 70s and 80s, Ileana Cotrubas. (Here is another bio link.) She was renowned for her expressive singing and acting. Many might know her only from Metropolitan Opera or Covent Garden telecasts/recordings from the late 70s and early 80s, but there is a wealth of other recordings that are even more beautiful. To my ears she was best suited to the dramatic coloratura and light lyric rep.

Mozart, Et incarnatus est from the C-minor Mass (no further performance information given, audio only, with still shots from opera performances):

As Konstanze in Die Enführung aus dem Serail. No further information given:

The 1977 Met broadcast of Rigoletto:

As Adina, with Jose Carreras, Wiener Stadtsoper, 1981:

As Nedda.  No further performance information given: