Welcome to our third reader feature here at Show Me Something Interesting. Nigel Hobbs has written in to tell us about another Contralto for the Contralto Corner. Her name is Alfreda Hodson.
I asked Nigel a couple of questions about his interest in Alfreda, and music in general.
SMSI: Where did you first hear Alfreda Hodgson?
Nigel Hobbs: I first heard her in the early 70's on a disc of highlights from Purcell's The Fairy Queen. I think it was conducted by Britten. She had a wide repertoire ranging from the baroque, through to Mahler and Britten. I did see her live a few times at ENO and the ROH.
SMSI: What music do you most enjoy?
NH: I enjoy a huge range of music from medieval and baroque, through to contemporary. If I had to be really specific it would probably be the operas of Britten - especially Peter Grimes.
SMSI: What is your favourite Contralto aria or piece?
NH: This is tricky. I know this is most often performed by a mezzo, but perhaps the Veil Song from Don Carlo. I've always prefered the darker contralto voice performing this aria.
SMSI: Me too! Here's Polish Contralto Ewa Podles performing the aria.
Thank you Nigel for writing in to Show Me Something Interesting.