3월 27일자 런던 타임즈 신문에서
근래의 클래식 디바 20명을 선정해서 발표했습니다.
목소리(voice), 외모(visual), 배역(roles), back Story, 인기도(Celeb factor)
다섯가지 카테고리의 점수를 합산해서 이런 리스트가 나왔습니다.
물론 사람들마다 취향이 다르니
전적으로 이 등급이 타당하고 볼 수는 없지만
이런 리스트를 참고삼아 보면 좋겠다는 생각을 합니다.
보통 디바(diva)란 마리아 칼라스, Monserrat CAbelle 같은
유명하고 최고의 목소리와 연기, 미모를 갖춘 여자 가수를 일컷는 말인데
유명세도 많이 타고 흔히 인물값을 하기도 합니다.
이 최고의 멋진 가수들이 부른 아리아를 하나씩 올려 불 생각입니다.
개인적으로는 Karita Matilla, Renee Fleming, Cecilia Batoli를 좋아하고
특히 요즘 뜨는 캐나다 가수 Meesha Brugergosman의 팬입니다.
우선 Fleming이 부른 바하-구노의 아베마리아부터....
음원: 소장 CD
The 20 best classical divas
Who will be the new Maria Callas? Here we rate the leading ladies.
Anna Netrebko: The Russian soprano continues her domination of the operatic globe less than a year after the birth of her first child
Angela Gheorghiu: The Romanian continues to lose ground after being fired from Chicago Lyric Opera for another no-show at rehearsals
Karita Mattila: The Finnish soprano, who has always done things her way, has the X factor on stage, and she is still a must-see and a must-hear
Renee Fleming: New York's prima donna assoluta lacks that Callas-like fire and fury that truly sets a diva apart from the pack
Danielle de Niese: The Aussie born but California-raised de Niese has the theatrical panache that many of her contemporaries lack
Cecilia Bartoli: The bubbly Italian mezzo is still sellable and charismatic, but arguably reaching something of a mid-career plateau
Anna Caterina Antonacci: The Italian sphinx has that all-important Callas flavour but, pushing 50, time is running out for her
Magdalena Kozena: Although she's a great vocal actress, it doesn't seem like Kozena has fully harnessed the skills for a great staged production
Joyce Didonato: A fabulous affable mezzo who should be better known, DiDonato is a complete package, what she needs though is a gimmick
Eva Maria Westbroek: This powerful Dutch soprano has suffered setbacks and unfortunately lacks any support from the record industry
Kate Royal: Armed with a big EMI contract, Royal is getting plenty of moody photoshoots and lush recordings
Barbara Frittoli: The silky Italian soprano has been fading badly because there's something frustratingly passive about her demeanour
Amanda Roocroft: Winning an Olivier award for her searing Jenufa at English National Opera, her newfound dramatic skills are impressive
Nicole Cabell: Voice of a new generation, her exotic roots have produced a smooth, rich soprano of class and sophistication
Meesha Bruggergosman: This wonderfully sassy Canadian soprano is a real one-off - an opera singer who looks like a disco diva
Waltraud Meier: A powerhouse mezzo who on a good day will blow your socks off as Isolde or Kundry
Elina Garanca: The Latvian, a mezzo to watch, made a huge splash in Bellini's I Capuleti at Covent Garden
Veronique Gens: Big in France, Gens is the ice to Dessay's fire: cool, aristocratic, poised - she generally sticks to Handel and Mozart
Katherine Jenkins: The treacly mezzo of Neath's favourite blonde is a world away from the Greek diva's quintessentially operatic grandeur