Naples, Italy — The ticket taker on the train from Rome had to shout to get my attention. I was staring out the window, iPod cranked up high, the divine voice of Cecilia Bartoli pouring Baroque soap bubbles into my ears.
A high-pitched voice, questionable sexuality, and ear-grabbing melodiesâthe new Decca album âSacrificiumâ may sound like another posthumous Michael Jackson collection; instead, itâs a collection of 17th century opera arias written for castrati â the
Joan Sutherland may have been hailed as "the voice of the century" by Luciano Pavarotti, but other operatic voices fared far better at the Grammy Awards, where there are lots of classical categories, including one for best vocal performance. Prior to her death