Lyric soprano Mela Dailey displayed an exceptionally lovely voice in the ubiquitous "O mio babbino caro," from Giacomo Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi." The voice is pure and well-supported, reminiscent of Anna Moffo.
Dailey also showed great dramatic versatility, moving from the tender pathos of Mimi in selections from Puccini's "La Boheme," and the clowning sexiness she assumed in Musetta's "Waltz" ("Quando m'en vo") from that same opera, to Gilda's horror in witnessing the cynicism and lechery of her lover in Giuseppe Verdi's masterful "Quartet" from "Rigoletto."
I am ecstatic that my debut CD with cellist Scott Kluksdahl entitled Shelter will be released on the Pierian label and distributed internationally by Naxos in the Winter of 2011and will be available for purchase at Amazon.com and iTunes. Shelter will be available for streaming at the Naxos Music Library and Spotify. Also available for download at Classicsonline.com