This program was recorded in 1964, just a year after Time magazine wrote a profile article on the American soprano, focusing on her triumph as Salome at the Vienna State Opera. On her way to that engagement, she stopped off at the University of North Carolina to star in a college production of La Traviata, and I was privileged to be a student string bass player in the pit. Not only was she a magnificent Violetta, she was the most gracious diva imaginable, raising everyone's performance level by patient example. She was blessed with a lovely lyric/spinto voice, and it always has been a mystery to me that she didn't achieve greater fame. Surely this recital, which finds Curtin totally at ease with very varied repertory, is one of the best ofRead more its sort in the catalog. Whether she is navigating the treacherously difficult patter of pieces like Hekel Taveres' "Song Of the Half-Blooded", the dark mystery of Jayme Ovalle's "Berimbau", or the lush, sad lyricism of Julio Perceval's "Triste me voy a los campos", Curtin sounds as if she were born to sing these songs, conveying their full meaning. Her accompanist, Ryan Edwards, seems perfectly tuned into events as well, and Seymour Solomon's recording is close and intimate without any harshness. [5/6/2000]
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