Everyone has their favorites - I have various reasons for my favorites. At the moment I'm listening to
Amalia Rodriguez, a Fado
singer from Portugal. The technique for this kind of singing is almost
antithetical to what I teach for classical singing, and hauntingly beautiful in its own right. Amalia
Rodriguez sings straight from the gut with absolute passion. The form is similar to other Spanish and
Flamenco-influenced music, which I fell in love with as a kid. I also love classical Spanish guitar -
The Romeros, etc.
One of my all time favorite sopranos is Eleanor Steber.
As a kid I never really knew why I favored her,
but now I know it was because she's always properly aligned on that vertical axis. Perfect. There is a
recording of Ellen Faull out on VAI of radio broadcasts she did, and you can hear that same perfect
alignment, all the time. It's beautiful. If I remember right Ellen did each show on about 2 weeks
lead time, so all the arias you hear on this recording had about 2 weeks preparation. Can you do that??!
I find it very inspiring!!