must clear schedule





radio alert

for the rest of this week, including one already past but still can be re-listened:

1. Joyce Didonato & Patrizia Ciofi in “I capuleti e i montecchi” from Liceu, live 20.May.2016, entire broadcast can be re-listened here.
2. Thursday 26.May.2016, 1700h GMT, 1300h EST, Mozart Mass in C Minor with Il Giardino Armonico
3. Sunday 29.May.2016, 1830h GMT, 1430 EST, Sara Mingardo singing Pergolesi, Vivaldi, etc., with the Accademia degli Astrusi. Given that it’s the Accademia degli Astrusi, hopefully they will record their own concert and post on their youtube channel because the broadcast via Rai3 is going to be crap! When will they ever improve the bandwidth, we’re already in 2016 and they still have technology from floppy-disk age or something, argh.
4. Tuesday, 31.May.2016, 1800h GMT, 1400 EST, Händel’s Israel in Egypt from Amsterdam with Richard Egarr . I have heard this piece live only once but it left a hugely positive impression.

Back to item #3 above for a moment: I’m very much looking forward (even with crappy quality): She is singing:

PERGOLESI: ‘Salve Regina‘ in F minor for contralto, strings and basso continuo.
GALUPPI: ‘A rupe alpestri’ Aria for contralto, strings and basso continuo.
VIVALDI: ‘Cessate omai cessate‘ Cantata for contralto, string and basso continuo RV 684.

For those unfamiliar, do check on some of the links (videos from Wigmore Hall and some intimate church)! with “Cessate omai cessate” excerpt below and entire playlist here. I can’t wait!! The only Galuppi’s piece I know with her singing is “La Scusa” which I absolutely love, but “A rupe alpestri” will be a new one.

life of a badge

Unlike the tie, which remained attached cozily to the undershirt, the badge was given free rein and took every opportunity to demonstrate the beauty of the balance of momentum.


life of a badge: illustration of momentum balance (clik on image to view gif).

Edit: back with commentary.
I’ve always been fascinated by the amount of energy/momentum singers generated while singing. The first time I really noticed it was when Vesselina Kasarova sang Sta nell’ircana in Wien with the sword sticking out by her side. We all know she moves around a lot when singing, and has given interviews mentioning she can not do recording standing still because it is part of the feeling/expression. In any case, I think singers don’t generally have too many things hanging by their side with free rein of motion so we are often deprived of seeing this in full.. so I’m mesmerized by the badge’s action here! (until after this aria actually, then Myrtò Papatanasiu also tucked it inside and it only came out freely swinging again during “Lungi da te”, which is the subject of Anik’s upcoming post I believe.) Also note that I kept the gif going forward even though the badge’s motion came to a halt: the badge and her upper body has become one but the swivel chair has joined the action and inherited the counter-balance! Momentum conservation is a beautiful thing!

interview to start the night

Either my French comprehension has improved significantly since the Paris Mitridate, or Patricia Petibon’s way of speaking is text-book model for developing French-listening comprehension skill.. but, yes, ❤ her description of interest in exploring the arts , taking risk and not just “singing beautifully”, examining the role vocally, physically, choice of rep..

Actually there are several of her interviews i really love… including this one (her hair!! and glasses 🙂 ), on how getting children exposed early to music/arts is the best way to generate interest in opera art form, as well as what it means to have a “good” mise-en-scène.