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Vaness, Carol

Max Loppert

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b San Diego, July 27, 1952). American soprano . She studied at California State University and with David Scott, who changed her vocal orientation from mezzo-soprano to soprano, in which guise she has become one of the foremost American singers of her generation. She made her début in the 1977 spring season of the San Francisco Opera as Vitellia, a role which was to bring her acclaim in many opera houses later in her career and in which she has displayed to advantage her mezzo-like vibrancy of timbre, near-instrumental evenness of emission across a wide compass and fluent delivery of florid passagework. Outstanding among her other Mozart roles are Donna Anna (notably at Glyndebourne in 1982, a performance she later recorded) and Electra. A statuesque presence, somewhat cool response to words and detachment in matters of characterization lend her best Mozart performances a special classical distinction, a quality which has also made her an impressive exponent of Handel's Armida (...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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