If it were up to me to name a Patron Saint of Big Voices, it would definitely be Bulgarian soprano Ghena Dimitrova (may she rest in peace). Let's be perfectly honest with one another ... the voice was gigantic!
ANYWAY, a colleague of mine mentioned in her Facebook status today that she spent the morning discussing Puccini's last opera Turandot ... thus infecting those around her with her love for Puccini. Well, she certainly got my mind fixed on it.
Over to YouTube I went and re-discovered this utterly fantastic clip of Ms. Ghena singing Princess Turandot's tour-de-force "In questa reggia" at Arena di Verona (Oh yea, Nicola Martinucci is singing Calaf somewhere in there).
You've undoubtedly seen it here before. But, it certainly deserves another viewing - I, for one, just can't get enough. So here it is, this week's installment of Another Favorite Clip. For those who would like a translation of the aria, make sure to check out the Aria Database.