THE OPERA BELLES’ BACKGROUND
The Opera Belles is an ensemble of vocal-duo-plus-piano, performing the most beautiful opera hits (“only the good parts!”) in a unique way!
Many of our vocal arrangements – with more to come - are completely original, and there is good reason for that!
For those of you who know opera, you’re aware that not every voice type is suitable for every role! An example: an appropriately heavy-voiced singer cast as Brunnhilde, who must create a wall of sound to be heard above the orchestra in Wagner’s big-brassed Ring Cycle grand operas, would seem overbearing in the lyric roles of Cherabino or Suzanna in Mozart’s Figaro. The gorgeous aria “Vissi D’arte” from the Puccini opera Tosca, which also requires a big dramatic sound, would never normally be sung by the same vocalist cast to play the lyric-voiced Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.
And, while a bel canto soprano voice is considered too light for much of the gorgeous dramatic repertoire, the unfortunate mezzo soprano is excluded entirely from many of the loveliest arias ever written, because her range doesn’t fit! (Is this fair?!)
For so much of opera’s most beautiful numbers, the market is simply cornered by the voice-type for which the role is written!
These and other problems had to be surmounted in order to sing “only the good parts”!
With the help of a couple of small key changes, some precise excision, and the creation of original harmonies, we founded our duo on the joy of singing the best female operatic arias, in duet form! After over a year of diligent study together, working on perfecting our exquisite blend, synchronizing our deliveries, and fine-tuning our repertoire, there are times during our concert where you will swear this is only one voice singing. Who is who?
Double the beauty, double the passion: We proudly present “The Opera Belles”!
~Linda Rough, Mezzo-soprano
~Vicky Oxley, Soprano
~Hartwig Eichberg, Accompanist