Dilber, is perhaps the most famous coloratura soprano in China. Born in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, which is known for its rich musical traditions, Dilber later received her musical education in the China Central Conservatory of Music. Known as the Philomela of China, in reference to the tragic daughter of King Pandion of Athens, she has been active on the stages of Europe for thirteen years now.
The song you can currently heari is Auf Flugeln des Gesanges, or Wings of Song, a famous tune originally composed by the German Mendelssohn, but here performed in Chinese. Dilber's sweet and transparent voice, together with her wonderful coloratura style, gives wings to her listeners, transporting them to the bank of the Ganges River in India.
Ethnically and geographically speaking, Dilber is a Uighur from the northwestern region of Xinjiang. In 1984, although still a student at the Central Conservatory of Music, Dilber won a major award at the Finland International Opera Competition. Then, after finishing her master's degree, she was employed by the Finland National Opera in 1988. In fact, at the moment, Dilber is employed permanently as a recital singer by the Finland National Opera, as well as the Sweden Malmoe Opera. She is considered to be one of the best coloratura sopranos of her era, with critics praising her "unparalleled beauteous voice". Here is another of her renditions, this time of the song Mein Herr Marpuis from Johann Strauss' most famous operetta, Die Fledermaus or The Bat. Please enjoy.
Dilber has a marvelous voice, which remains clear and powerful even at the highest register. At the same time, it's surprising to note that she provides little in the way of over-elaborate ornamentation, as you might expect from a coloratura soprano. Instead, Dilber has reached a point where technique and music are perfectly balanced, so that she can communicate feelings of joy, pain, rage, without neglecting vocal accuracy.With one word, she can manipulate a note to express emotions as freely and easily as an average person manages to breathe. Listen for yourself during this next extract, taken from the opera Dinorah by Meyerebbr.
In addition to her participation in classical arias, Dilber has also held several hundred solo concerts around the world. Speaking of these events, some opera fans have joked that they'd attend Dilber's solo even if the three tenors were performing elsewhere at the same time. As for our show, I'm sure that many of us have not yet heard enough of this wonderful singer, so let's devote the rest of China Melody's time to one more piece, from Dilber, and thus enjoy her vocals to the very full. Here's Oh mio babbino caro, composed by Puccini.