Merry Christmas to you all!

As the rain pours down and washes away any remaining hope of a white Christmas and a huge pile of presents sits temptingly downstairs, I would like to quickly thank you all for reading my blog – I hope you all like it so far! And so all that remains for me to say is:

Merry Christmas to all and to all

a good night!

  We will celebrate this year with some beautiful Diana Damrau Christmas carols:

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Weekly Video #12

Now, I would like to say that I am completely aware that for the last three weeks (I know, it’s shocking, isn’t it), there have been no Weekly Videos on this blog. This is due to a technical difficulty, namely that I do have a life outside blogging that does sometimes require my attention. So for the next three days we will have these videos to make up for it.

For today, because it was La Divina’s birthday on Sunday, here is a recording of one of her masterclasses at Julliard from 1971-2. Here she demonstrates how to sing the great aria from Rigoletto, ‘Cortigiani, vil razza dannata’. Yes, she was quite old at this point. And yes, this is a baritone aria. But no, that does not stop her from sounding wonderful.