Singers: Bel Canto & the Beatles

Massachusetts-born Cathy Berberian is not only a singer of note but also a singer of sounds. Her expressive voice, ranging three octaves from contralto to coloratura, enables her to handle every thing in the standard repertory, but Cathy prefers to specialize in avant-garde music. Impressed by her ability to mix bel canto with barks, grunts, moans and sighs and to compete vocally with tape-recorded noises and electronic beeps, such experimental composers as John Cage, Sylvano Busotti and Luciano Berio (her estranged hus band) have helped make her the undisputed diva of the...