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Now that I've become fluent in the [Italian] language, a whole world has opened up to me. Subtleties of speech become yours, allowing your projection of the words to color the music. It's had a big effect on my interpretations.
insisted that she sing the role of Gilda in "Rigoletto," in its November, 1989, Metropolitan Opera performance, while he sang as the Duke of Mantua. June Anderson said in a 1989 New York Times interview, "You have small-voiced sopranos chirp 'Caro nome' and then they can't be heard. Besides, how many times can you say no to the Met? Their past offers have been either for ...