Born May 25 was Beverly Sills*
Soprano with coloratura skills.
Gave opera buffs aesthetic thrills
When singing duets with Sherrill Milnes.
*About her voice (from Wikipedia):
“Sills voice has been described at the same time ‘rich’ ‘supple’ ‘silvery’ “precise’ ‘a little light, multicolored’ ‘robust and enveloping’, with ‘a cutting edge that can slice through the largest orchestra and chorus’ soaring easily above high C.
Conductor Thomas Schippers said in a 1971 interview with Time Magazine that she had ‘the fastest voice alive’. The New York Times writes that ‘she could despatch coloratura roulades and embellishments, capped with radiant high D’s and E flats, with seemingly effortless agility’.
She sand with scrupulous musicianship, rhythmic incisiveness and a vivid sense of text. Soprano Leotyne Price was ‘flabbergasted at how many millions of things she could do with a written scale’.
Her vocal range, in performance, extended from F3 to F6 and she said she could sometimes hit G6 in warm-up.”