“The Voice” - Edda Dell'Orso was born on February 16, 1935 in Genoa, Italy. She was a member of “Franco Potenza's Choir” and Alessandro Alessandroni's “I Cantori Moderni” and her angelic voice was used extensively in many of Ennio Morricone's scores, especially his westerns. She also appears in scores by Bruno Nicolai, Piero Piccioni, Roberto Pregadio and Luis Bacalov.
Her beautifully haunting voice will always be remembered for her performances in “Once Upon a Time in the West” and again in 'The Ecstasy of Gold' from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Morricone uses voices as instruments and Edda's is one of the best of all time. She is also heard on the “Duck You Sucker” score. She is heard in Dario Argento's “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” and also on the Goblin score for “Why Do They Kill Themselves” (1976). She is married to composer, conductor Giacomo Dell'Orso and they live in Rome. Today we celebrate Edda Dell'Orso's 75th birthday.
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I attended Morricone's New York concert and let me tell you this -- while the woman he uses now is acceptable, she cannot hold a candle to Edda with regard to the control Edda had on her vocal cords. Edda simply had that ability to vocalize fast-changing notes without skipping a beat, and could modulate her voice with the best of the best. Not to mention her accuracy on hitting the right notes. I'm with you Adrian, "Viva Edda!"ReplyDelete
I've heard Edda would show up for a recording session 15 minutes before it began, which would drive Ennio nuts. Then she would hit every note perfectly when they did a take and was always perfect.ReplyDelete