Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lest you think I'm a Wagner-/Puccini-phile

I'm not only into big ol' honkin' voices. I'm a big ol' bel canto slut, too!

Elina Garança, 2009, the Met:

I saw this production (thanks to the generosity of a friend with an extra ticket) and loved it. It was the first time I heard the wonder that is Lawrence Brownlee, and the first time I heard Elina Garança live. I might have made a few choices other than those the director made, but overall it was amazing.

I suppose there's no avoiding Cecilia bartoli on a post like this. Here she is in the same production at the Met, 1997:

If you really want something fun, turn the sound off to watch her!

The incomparable Frederica von Stade, in a 1981 movie by Jean-Pierre Ponelle:

(If I were marrying Francisco Araiza, I'd be singing 32nd notes of joy, too!)

I adore Francisco Araiza, so I'll give you his aria from the same movie:

**sigh** Isn't he dreamy?

Because I am here to educate as well as entertain, here is a performance of Henri Herz's (1803-1888) Variations on "Non piu mesta", played by Earl Wild:


david said...

Love the video clips! Cenerentola is one of my very favorite (non-baroque) operas. We had a wonderful cast and production in Raleigh in 2008. I loved it so much I wound up seeing 3 of the 4 performances!

Taminophile said...

It's a terrific opera, and I imagine the only limitation in performing it more often is finding a suitable cast. (Although one sees opera productions often where that doesn't seem to have been a consideration!)