The Chest Voice

August 14, 2021, 4:30 pm

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Marilyn Horne as Mignon in performance
Marilyn Horne with Beniamino Prior in performance of Ambroise Thomas's Mignon (Photo: Crupisignar, CC BY-SA 4.0, cropped, recolored, via Wikimedia Commons

Originally broadcast January 2, 2021, the first episode of Listening to Singers gave insight into one of Oliver’s favorite sounds — the Chest Voice.


George Frideric Handel: Messiah
Aria, “But who may abide”
Helen Watts, contralto
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Così fan tutte, K. 588
Aria, “Come scoglio”
Carol Vaness, soprano
Munich Radio Orchestra
Leopold Hager, conductor

Act I Finale, “Dove son?”
Montserrat Caballé, soprano
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis, conductor

Giuseppe Verdi: Don Carlos
Aria, “Nel giardin del bello”
Shirley Verrett, mezzo-soprano
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Royal Opera House Orchestra
Carlo Maria Giulini, conductor

Gioachino Rossini: La Donna del Lago
Aria, “Mura felici”
Marilyn Horne, mezzo-soprano
New York City Opera Orchestra
Richard Bonynge, conductor