This week's Aria of the Week is "Lord, to Thee" from Handel's Theodora. It is performed by Dalma Krajnyák.
Emanuel Gigante has discovered a new contralto, fresh on the scene, who looks like a new star in the making: Hungarian Dalma Krajnyak.
Dalma studied at the Music Department of the University of Szeged on the Bachelor Academic Programme of Performance-Classical Vocal Studies. In the final year of her BA, she had already decided to continue her studies abroad and to this end she spent a semester as a granted student of the Erasmus Exchange Programme in Venice, Italy, where she studied at the Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello.
This is Emanuel's fourth suggestion for the Contralto Corner, his other three can be seen here.
I caught up with him to ask him a couple of questions about his interest in the contralto voice:
SMSI: What do you like most about the contralto voice?
EG: What i love about the contralto voice is well described in Gautier's poem. It´s something about the subliminal sensuality and earthly authority: a Woman with a superb low voice is always a wonder - like Lauren Bacall for instance.
SMSI: What is your favourite contralto aria?
EG: My fav aria or lied depends on my mood: It can be Kathleen Ferrier's version of the Kindertotenlieder, or Sara Mingardo in Vivaldi's Stabat Mater, or maybe Sonia Prina singing "Per Lacerarlo" or "Vedro con mio Diletto". I also like Delphine Galou singing "Con palmi ed allor" and Ewa Podles's version of "Sudó il Guerriero" or the role of Erda. Marie-Nicole Lemieux is fantastic in the roles of Orlando and Miss Quickly, and I like pretty much everything Nathalie Stutzmann has recorded!
SMSI: Thank you Emanuel for your continued support, and for answering these questions.
You can watch Dalma Krajnyak performing "Di tanti palpiti" in the video below.
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