We are very blessed to have had Ghena Dimitrova in the modern era, when technology had advanced enough to catch her in excellent sound. She indeed was the last of the great Italianate dramatic soprano voices. Similarly Susan Dunn was the last of the great Verdi stylists. Do other sopranos sing Verdi, yes, and quite well. Do others also have big voices, yes, indeed!!! But the open and natural vocality, the MASTERY OF THE CHEST TONE, the refined use of the head tone, and natural feeling for the word were in totality, lost when Ghena Dimitrova died. I don't blame the singers though, but the milieu. I can GUARANTEE that there EXIST TODAY singers in the Dimitrova mold, who have not and are not being encouraged, guided, appreciated, and least of all understood. Their time will come and the strong will survive.
Claude D'Anna's film of Verdi's Macbeth is a gloomy affair, stressing the descent into madness of the principal villains. It's acted by the singers of the Decca recording of the opera (with two substitutions of actors standing in for singers) and the lip-synching is generally unobtrusive. The musical performance is superb, conducted by Riccardo Chailly with admirable fire, and sung by some of the leading lights of the opera stages of the 1980s… –Dan Davis
In his 2007 production for the Maggio Musicale in Florence, French opera director Nicolas Joël – named as the next director of the Opéra de Paris from 2009 – presented his reading of Giuseppe Verdi’s La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). An adventure story and a tale of grim pursuit and unrelenting misfortune, of faith, renunciation and - fi nally - death and forgiveness, Verdi’s La forza del destino is, like an operatic road movie, also a portrait gallery of the different places and curious people the main players meet along their way.