Archive for the ‘opera’ Category

Today’s google doodle: Maria Callas

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In concert at Covent Garden, 1962:

Friday night opera: Siegfried

Friday, September 14th, 2012

PBS is playing the Met‘s Wagner’s Ring cycle, and last night was Siegfried‘s turn,

Aficionados have been comparing Ring versions with this new one.

Of course, viewers of a certain age are familiar with the Siegfried immortalized by Elmer Fudd,

Monday night pecs: The Pearl Fishers

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I mean, Monday night opera,

Wagner without tears: The Ring!

Friday, February 17th, 2012

The Metropolitan Opera is doing Wagner’s Ring, and The Manolo is thrilled.

Bryn Terfel is playing Wotan.

Here’s the big guy singing Wotan in Die Walkure,

However, as much as I love BT, I do not like Wagner.

So it’s great that The Manolo has provided Anna Russell and The Ring of the Nibelung for our cultural edification,

Now, if we could get BT to do Mrs. Russell’s analysis, life would be perfect. Eye patch optional, of course.

And I would pay for that.

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Friday baritones

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Via (who else!) The Anchoress, who asks, “Who do you prefer?”

I prefer Bryn’s singing voice, and his looks, but Dmitri Hvorostovsky’s speaking voice is manna from heaven.

In other unrelated matters, A Second Hand Conjecture has The official Symbol of Marriage

Hopefully not reaching the end of my stardom for a good long time (h/t Kat),

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Pavarotti died

Thursday, September 6th, 2007


Opera legend Pavarotti dies at 71

I was lucky to have seen him in two performances, one with Monserrat Caballe in Norma, and later on in Turandot.

Here he is with the magnificent Joan Sutherland, in his pre-beard days:

The Anchoress has a nice tribute.

Paul Potts

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Siggy, The Anchoress, The New Editor (via Larwyn), The Corner and Tim Blair are posting about him.

Here he is, singing,
Nessun Dorma:

and the one I really like, Time to Say Good-Bye, which he sang with his heart. I watched it a couple of times and cried each time (even when I don’t like tenors!).

Give the guy some orthodontia, a few acting lessons, an Armani suit, and he’s a star!

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Late afternoon blogging: Kathleen Ferrier

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

During this afternoon’s class the professor played Blow the Wind Southerly a folk song made popular in the UK by Kathleen Ferrier. I couldn’t find a YouTube for it, but here are the lyrics:

Blow the wind Southerly,
Southerly, Southerly,
Blow the wind
South o’er the bonnie blue sea.
Blow the wind Southerly,
Southerly, Southerly
Blow bonnie breeze,
My true lover to me.

They told me last night
There were ships in the offing
And I hurried down
To the deep rolling sea.
But my eye could not see it
Wherever might be it,
The bark that is bearing
My lover to me.

Here’s Ferrier singing Handel:

Late afternoon blogging: A superfecta

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Via The Anchoress,

Bryn (wearing glasses + camel hair coat + trim beard) singing = Superfecta

Late afternoon blogging: Madamina, il catalogo e’ questo

Thursday, March 15th, 2007


I hope The Anchoress is watching.