- Her performance of 'Libera me domine' from Verdi's Requiem. One of the comments says, "I love the way the voice switches back and forth between lyric soprano, dramatic soprano and contralto," and I can only agree if I'm allowed to seethe with jealousy.
- 'Vissi d'arte' from Puccini's Tosca, as if she hadn't performed the role just as perfectly before, now she's doing it un-staged, sans costume, and serving total Dreamgirls. Listen to that open technique. Effortless.
- One of her many telecast performances, 'D'amor sulli'ali rosee' from Verdi's Il Trovadore. Silvery top notes. And what form.
- My personal favorite (because this is in my personal rep this semester), Handel's "Piangero la sorte mia" from Giulio Caesar. Leontyne singing my favorite aria as of late at the White House. No big deal. Her control is extraordinary.
Leontyne is truly an artist we all should know and learn to love. For vocal performance majors, opera fanatics, and lovers of classical music alike, we can all learn so much from her stage presence and incredible technique. We love you, Mama Leontyne! Brava!
(Special thanks to Onegin6 and thevuitt0ndon for the wonderful Leontyne vids! For more opera related Youtube vids, check out their Youtube pages!)