Weekly Video #14

Here’s Renée Fleming, Christopher Maltman and various others singing the Damenwahl from Die lustige witwe by Franz Lehár.

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Big Post of the News of the Week

Even as I type this post, the Echo Klassik Awards are underway in the Konzerthaus Berlin. The hosts this year are Nina Eichinger and Rolando Villazon. There will be performances by Alison Balsom, the Leipziger Streichquartett, Khatia Buniatishvili, David Garrett, Philippe Jaroussky, Anna Prohaska, Erwin Schrott and Klaus Florian Vogt. Other winners (the Meistersingers of Berlin!) include Jonas Kaufmann (19th Century Opera Recording of the Year) for his recording of Fidelio conducted by Claudio Abbadio, Renee Fleming (Female Singer of the Year) for her album Poèmes, Riccardo Chailly (Conductor of the Year) and Daniel Barenboim (Lifetime Achievement Award).  For a full list of the prizewinners and a fun interactive piano, go here.

Dolce Suono is delighted to reveal that Diana Damrau has had another baby. According to unknown sources, it is another boy who is called Colyn. Anyway, a huge congratulations to Diana and her family (the first picture is of her with her son Alexander and the one below that is Alexander with Rolando Villazon)!

Pavarotti’s 77th birthday was on the 12th, two days after Verdi’s 199th (Dolce Suono regrets that she was unfortunately unable to post on the day itself). So, because on the 10th, you were overloaded with Verdi, here is some refreshment in the form of Pavarotti singing one of DS’ favourite arias from one of her favourite operas by one of her favourite composers! A fitting celebration!

And, one last personal note: If you have any thoughts on my posts, please comment and tell me! I would love to hear feedback from any of you who read this blog! Thank you and keep on reading and enjoying opera!

The Betrayal of Utube – Weekly Video #1.5

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:

Act 1

Part 1     Part 2      Part 3     Part 4

Act 2

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5     Part 6

Act 3

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5

Act 4

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5

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)!