MARISA GALVANY (1936- ) sings a peppery "Allor che I forti Corrono" from Verdi's ATTILA...as few others sing it. Keep in mind that Galvany also appeared in Wagner and late Puccini. Don't miss PART TWO of this "double aria."
Marisa COULD and DID sing just about everything...and made every performance memorable. I sat in the front row at her final public apperance in Carnegie Hall about three years ago, when she was 68. She brought down the house!
Some reference books refer to her as a mezzo-soprano. That aside, she COULD and DID sing things within a 3-octave range. Not unlike Callas, whom she admired, she sang an Aida in Mexico City and took the high e-flat ending---and held it---at the end of the Triumphial Scene. The audience went wild.
From a sound standpoint, this video is somewhat lacking as the original recording was on a reel-to-reel tape that has begun to deteriorate. The recording itself was done from the audience.
NO, Marisa Galvany is no relation to the legendary coloratura soprano, Maria Galvany.
Marisa was born Myra Beth Genis in Paterson, New Jersey.
She made her debut as Tosca in Seattle in 1968. She then sang with the New York City Opera (1972-74; 1978-1981). She was engaged by the Metropolitan Opera in 1979 where she made her debut as Norma. She was at the Met during the seasons of 1978-'79 and 1984-'85.
In the eyes on many, she was one of the most remarkable singers of the century. She appeared in lead roles in Traviata, Lucia, Macbeth, La Juive, Maria Stuarda, Masked Ball, Mefistofele, Medea, Mme Butterfly, Nabucco, Salome, Trovatore, Marino Faliero, Turandot, etc., etc.