Compilation: Maria Collier - Arias and scenes from Cavalleria Rusticana, Aida, Don Carlo and more
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Marie Collier was an elegant singer whose operatic potential was cut tragically short by her sudden death at the age of 43. Her voice may not have been immediately arresting, but the brilliance of her artistry was more than skin-deep. Personally, it took many years for me to fully appreciate her uniqueness. What drew me in was the combination of power and frailty that she brought to her roles which made her particularly effective in roles like Santuzza, Jenufa, and Tosca. She was also able to execute many different styles to which this recording will attest. This recording features excerpts from Il Tabarro, Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana along with a riveting final scene from The Makropulos Case, sung in English. It really gives a sense of what a marvelous actress she was.