Today's Aria of the Week is from Glinka's A Life for the Tsar (or the Soviet name Ivan Susanin). It is performed by the Soviet Era contralto Elisaveta Antonova, who is truly a Dramatic contralto. The compass is from Ab3 (exposed, A Capella) to F5, with many fantastic leaps between the Head and Chest registers. I will be adding Antonova to the Contralto Profiles over the next couple of days.
Dame Clara Butt
Angela Christine Smith