There are no words to describe this.
This is the final scene of Don Giovanni and it’s very noisy and Mozart and good.
This is a scene of an audition for an opera company and the actors’ lines are all genuine quotes from people in auditions. Some of them are just unbelievable.
This is Jay Hunter Morris singing the Forging Song from Siegfried. I’m not a huge fan of his Siegfried (I think his voice is a bit light for it) but I love this scene and the production is beautiful so I like it anyway.
This is Joyce DiDonato singing Mi tradi from Don Giovanni in a production from the Royal Opera House. I love the idea of having Donna Anna and Zerlina there, less keen on her costume (she looks like she’s wearing a towel!)
So, it seems that I’ve been writing this blog for a year now. It’s been quite an eventful year – I went to 5 cinema broadcasts, met Joyce DiDonato and went to two live performances, one of which was my first visit to the Royal Opera House. My blog tells me that there are 412 of you following me by email. I’m having trouble believing that, but I have even more followers on Twitter and I’m pretty pleased with that. So thank you all for reading this and I’m sorry I’m not the most reliable of bloggers ( I know, I still haven’t made a post about Don Carlos but it will happen, I promise).
In which Diana Damrau sings Der Hölle Rache whilst using her hitherto unknown magical powers to control the wind.
Some genius got hold of two videos of Joyce DiDonato singing different roles in Maria Stuarda and edited them to go together and this is the glorious result.
This is a set of variations on themes from Carmen for orchestra and violin by Pablo de Sarasate. This performance is by Sarah Chang and Placido Domingo conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.
Firstly, I think I need to apologise for the complete lack of activity on this blog recently – this is an outcome of the laziness that I feel is acceptable during the summer holidays and also because the summer is not the most active time in the opera world anyway.
This video is Leontyne Price on some old (I don’t know how old) TV programme and the contestants have to guess who she is by asking her questions and it’s very funny.