Reinforcing her glowing reputation as the reigning “Queen of Verdi sopranos,” cherished Delos Artist Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano, has twice been singled out nationally in the closing days of 2013 for her glorious voice and impeccable artistry.
First – and of most immediate interest – is that Sondra was chosen to perform as part of the 2013 Kennedy Center Honors, as part of the gala event’s tribute to legendary American soprano Martina Arroyo. She sang the aria, “O Patria Mia,” from Verdi’s Aida: one of Arroyo’s signature roles. The event’s choice of Sondra for this tribute was an especially apt one, as both sopranos are noted for their gleaming, full-spinto voices that not only “ride” an orchestra beautifully, but also float exquisite high pianissimos at need: qualities that have made them both particularly well-suited for the top Verdi roles. The show aired last night (12/29, 2013) on CBS … I hope you were watching: she was magnificent!
Sondra’s second – but no less significant – distinction is that she received mention in New York Times’ 2013 Verdi anniversary year survey (12/26), celebrating the all-time greatest recordings of the composer’s iconic operas. One of the four distinguished critics who listed and discussed their choices, Vivien Schweitzer named, as one of her favorites, Sondra’s amazing Verdi Arias (DE 3404), with Constantine Orbelian conducting the Philharmonia of Russia: an album that has inspired consistently effusive critical acclaim.
Schweitzer speaks of “…the power of the soprano Sondra Radvanovsky’s interpretations,” adding that “She has sung a number of Verdi roles at the Metropolitan Opera recently, and, on this 2010 recording, she showcases her distinctive, dusky voice, vibrato and expressive phrasing to fine effect in arias including ‘O patria mia’ from Aida, ‘Tacea la notte’ from Il Trovatore and ‘Pace, pace mio Dio!’ from La Forza del Destino.”
Thus it seems only fitting that – before time runs out – Delos should also join in the anniversary year celebration by offering Sondra’s stunning album at the very special sale price of $7.98; good through January 5th. So order a copy or two (one for that opera nut friend of yours), and hear for yourselves what makes this recording so very special.
While you’re at it, consider our two other outstanding releases featuring Sondra (and Constantine): Verdi Opera Scenes (DE 3403), with superstar baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky – and the corresponding DVD, Hvorostovsky in Moscow (DV 7006). Between them, this pair generates a crackling aura of electric chemistry that’s sure to shiver your timbers! As Delos’ New Year’s gift to you, our faithful blogophiles, we’ll even let you have ALL THREE releases for under $30!!