What can you say when a genius dies?
Sadly, Cesare Siepi was the third of mythical opera singers that left us in the past two months. First, it was Giulietta Simionato, then Giuseppe Taddei and now Cesare Siepi. One of the greatest mezzo-sopranos of the 20th century and the last two true Verdi baritono and basso-baritono respectively with saturated massive virile voices, remarkable artistic talent and vivid personality disappeared forever.
Meanwhile true music lovers are left paddling in the vast lonely ocean of mediocrities.
It goes without saying that the best way to appreciate great singers’ art is to simply listen to their voices, rather than describe profusely their qualities.