So, as I was trolling through facebook I saw that someone I know had posted a link to a video on youtube of the soprano that is singing Agrippina in the production I'm about to start rehearsing at the Staatsoper, so I took a closer look. Upon inspection, it turned out to be a video of her singing Sempre Libera from Traviata at 17 YEARS OLD in her native Bulgaria. I don't know her - I've never met her, but I was absolutely astounded when I saw this video. I mean, I started taking lessons really young, and could sing pretty well at 17 (my dad recently found some old tapes which I'm trying to digitize to post on the blog for laughs) but this 17 year old is completely out of control. It would be hard to believe she was that young except when you look at her face, she really looks 17. Prepare to be amazed. Seriously. I mean, I'm not usually posting videos of singers I haven't met on this blog, but this is one of the most amazing things I've ever seen or heard. For realz.
Wow, she was something. I wonder what she is like now 20 some years later, I guess you will find out soon enough.
What a privilege to work with such an amazing soprano! I'm glad I stumbled upon this video. My teacher told me about how Pendatchanska made her debut with this role at age 17, but I had no idea of how astounding this young singer was. I'm learning this aria right now, but I know that I will not be ready to actually perform a role like this for at least another five years. This is such an inspiration for me!
well, I'm impressed for one. To do that at 17!!!
As for criticism, there is a lot of it around (just look at you Tube) and often by people who have no idea of the dedication and hard slog involved in quality musical performance.
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