I have a friend online with whom I have the love of opera in common. We were comparing our favorite soprano divas and he of course said his was Maria Callas. I must admit, I was disappointed because although Callas was one of the best in her genre both technically and dramatically, her voice has never moved me inside my heart, which is the reason I listen to opera. :)
So, getting to the reason for this post. I thought maybe I could give Callas another listen to maybe prove myself wrong. I went to YouTube and looked for her singing Casta Diva, which is the measure I use to size up mezzo-sopranos, which are my favorite type of soprano. I gave Callas another chance, and, stood firm to my opinion. Afterwards, I started listening to many great mezzos and then saw THIS particular video. I had never heard of Anita Cerquetti so I decided to give her a try. This recording is actually a LIVE performance from 1958 when she stood in for Maria Callas because of illness. How ironic for me...lol. I started to listen to the most beautiful and full voice I had ever heard. There is a richness and deep timbre in her voice that sends me into orbit....and YES, moves my heart enough to bring tears to my eyes! Give her a listen and try to tell me this is not a PRIMA VOCE!