Another take on Tornami a vagheggiar
I’ve been aware of Karina Gauvin for a good while but she’d never particularly caught my interest until her turn as Vitellia in last December’s Champs Elysees Tito. She carried that half baked production. I hope she gets the opportunity of a better one.
Though I historically rate Kathleen Battle’s rendition, today I listened to Gauvin’s version. Her voice is a lot fuller than Battle’s and I tend to go for that lightness, yet I was won over by the clever way with which she approached it. She did especially well in the midsection, where her tone came off particularly sweet. This a dreamy type of Morgana rather than a kittenish one and the ornaments are suitably… intellectual, I guess. Whatever it is, her approach left me basking in a warm glow.