Happy Birthday, Lorenzo da Ponte! I don’t know much about you, but you seem like a pretty awesome guy. Although how you managed not to get confused while writing the libretto for Nozze di Figaro, I don’t know. Or maybe you did get confused. That would explain how the plot ended up being like that.
Today, I would like to introduce you to Opera Imaginaire. It’s a series of animations based around bits of opera. There’s 11 in total – from: La Traviata
Le Nozze di Figaro
Les Pêcheurs de Perles
Here’s the one from Traviata, in a playlist with the others (this one is my favourite though, it’s so cute and there are profiteroles dancing to Verdi. LOVE!)
*Ok, whatever, it’s decided to start with Pagliacci. There is probably some techy way to work out how to get it to start from the Traviata video, but I can’t be bothered right now*
So, irritatingly, the video I posted a few days ago has been TAKEN OFF UTUBE!!! I’ve noticed this happening to quite a few nice complete operas on Utube and I think this probably means that the broadcasters are snapping them up for copyright reasons. Cue the scouting around to try and find another Figaro of the same quality that I enjoyed as much. The best I could find ( and it is good) is from the Met in 1999. It stars Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel. Once you get over the shock of a relatively young-looking Terfel and Cecilia’s hideous dresses, it is actually very good (although I still preferred the other one).
And because I am so wonderful, here are the links to all parts of it, in order:
Which one do you prefer, this one or the previous one?
UPDATE ~~~ Just going on to Utube again this morning to discover some bad news: it’s not just full operas that are being taken off the internet. The wonderful coloraturafan has uploaded this video asking for help with copyright issues. Apparently someone has snitched on them and so their channel may have to close, taking with it what is definitely one of the best opera collections on Utube. So, if anyone has any idea how to stop this happening, please help (I don’t understand all the copyright rules and so can’t do much more than offer sympathy)!
Wow! A gorgeous Nozze di Figaro with an amazing cast led by Erwin Schrott, Miah Persson, Gerald Finley and Dorothea Roeschmann. From Covent Garden in 2006. Enjoy!