Sunday, January 19, 2014

Great Singer of the Increasingly Irregular Interval: Dame Felicity Lott

From's series
Opera Off-Stage: the private lives of singers
With Barihunk Duncan Rock (yes, that's his name)
OK, I'll confess it was seeing this photo of Dame Felicity and Barihunk Duncan Rock online that made me think I should do a feature about Dame Felicity Lott. We love her! I can't even estimate how many clips I've posted, how many concert pieces or opera roles I've discussed, when people have told me I should look into Dame Felicity's performance of the particular work, if I can find it. Although her discography is quite extensive, we in the US don't think about her as much as we should.  Here is a rather sorry Wikipedia article about her, but we are thankful that her own web site (see link above) offers more information.

Since posting YouTube links is what I do, and in so many ways the best method of convincing you lot of the greatness of any singer I mention, allow me to commence:

Final trio from Der Rosenkavalier, with Anne Sophie von Otter and Barbara Bonney, cond. Carlos Kleiber:

Depuis le jour from Louise in Nancy, 1979/1980 (conductor unnamed):

Mi tradi from a 1991 concert in Bordeaux:

Ah! que j'aime le militaire from Le Grand Duchesse de Gerolstein of Mr. Offenbach:

We can't resist this:  At the bar on the Piccola Marina (Noël Coward):

Just about the best performance I've ever seen of this piece:

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