music to start monday

i always have a soft spot for this duet, courtesy of the generous NPO Radio 4 youtube channel, much much love what they’re sharing ❤ . Also check out the ratio of female musicians in the orchestra!

Paula Murrihy, mezzosopraan, King Solomon
Dominique Labelle, Sopraan, Queen (but she’s not the Queen of Sheba!)

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Edit: 2 links I wanted to post, which are now finally up:
1. Vivica Genaux sings Dido with C.Rousset conducting, from France Musique, link.
2. Blog post from the Opera house in Hamburg, of Anna Caterina Antonacci’s debut in the role Iphigénie (I can’t believe she hasn’t sung there until now!). I reaaaaaly love the photo from the blog post!

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writing-challenged opera-addict

34 Responses to music to start monday

  1. dehggial says:

    lovely duet! I’m very unfamiliar with Solomon but it sounds like I should check it out. I like ACA’s photo too. Her passion for olives is quite endearing as well 😉

    • thả diều says:

      I only knew about the duet from the paired cd Connolly – Rosemary (super lovely cd) and have tried 3x to listen to the whole thing.. i think it needs some help to spice things up, but this duet is a total earworm 🙂
      (yes, she’ll return to press her olive first, then come to Paris!)

      • dehggial says:

        I wonder if we can buy olive oil from her 😉

      • dehggial says:

        ps: the duet reminds me a lot of Purcell.

        • thả diều says:

          yeah, i was waiting for Purcell’s Dido on francemusique hence the “substitute”

        • thả diều says:

          ps- a bit unrelated: we’re getting together for Ory (something i dont know) this coming sat at 8.40pm cet , 7.40pm your time i guess? hope u might be free!

          • dehggial says:

            thanks! I’ll try, we have a work trip that day 😀 Ory is very funny! Especially that production.

          • thả diều says:

            “we have a work trip that day”
            frolicking in the woods? 😉

          • dehggial says:

            seaside! wood frolicks are for contraltos 😉

          • dehggial says:

            btw, I had another dream with you. We were watching this Handel oratorio (nameless, probably made up) in a ruined abbey and at the end we had to climb this metal ladder with rungs and then shimmy over a narrow ledge to get to the exit.

            You made it to the exit first because I was scared shitless to shimmy at considerable height over a stone courtyard.

            This other girl was stuggling up the ladder behind us, to the point where she was swinging wildly with the ladder, so you decided to go and help the damsel in distress 😉

            While you were helping her I managed to focus on the task and made my way to the exit.

            Then you helped the girl and she told us that she had seen the oratorio the day before and that they had done the whole thing (the day we were there it just kind of stopped in the middle of a chorus).

          • thả diều says:

            😀 😀 😀 😀

          • thả diều says:

            i’m still laughing at this, lovely details of the dark alley, we’ve graduated from running after trains + tumbling 😉 . and thanks for such high confidence in my ability to rescue girl in distress 😀 😀

          • dehggial says:

            I think this came from all those stories when you were a kid and were only allowed to roam in the balconies 😉 you really had no fear going up and down that damn ladder! and let me tell you it was narrow and rattled a lot!

          • thả diều says:

            (i didn’t tell you the story i crawled on the floor to go under a table and abandoned my younger sister to answer the door to a stranger in Paris? :p )

          • dehggial says:

            hahaha! the hero is busted 😀 😀 😀 I have too many of those myself. Although I actually made a perv piss off this past Thursday when he tried to come on to this cute girl 😉 I felt very good about myself, though he was totally puny and I think between me and her we could’ve beat him up.

          • thả diều says:

            i flex muscles in dreams 😉

          • dehggial says:

            no kidding! as well as your interviewer talents 😉

          • thả diều says:

            reminds me of that dream i had when you took notes of Gruberova’s singing at her recital and she growled “how dare you!” 😉

          • dehggial says:

            it’s funny because it sounds like it could happen 😀 she seems like a no-nonsense type of person.

  2. Agathe says:

    Grrrr, I wanted to go and hear ACA as Iphigenie but am alone with the children this week, such bad timing! But nice article, I didn’t know about this blog!

  3. stray says:

    Hipster Christian Immler at 2:12:00

  4. Agathe says:

    Only just found a little time to listen in. Yes, very nice duet! Love Paula Murrihy’s role portrayal, would be great to see her in a staged production!
    Christian Immler I heard live some months ago and very much liked his warm, sensitive voice.

    • stray says:

      He also makes a good Seneca 🙂

      • Agathe says:

        A bit unrelated, but looking for Immler’s Seneca (which is not on YT) I found this (boy soloist Immler) , quite adorable!

        • thả diều says:

          how adorable!!
          (comparing to me at that age, i was running around bare feet playing with rubber bands 😀 )
          Seneca: last year at the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) they staged all 3 Monteverdi’s operas and he was Seneca in L’incoronazione di Poppea (with featured CT D.Hansen…. ) . Stray might have a different opinion but I was critical about the staging and the featured poster boy, here, in case you’d like to skim through.

          • stray says:

            He was the Seneca in their 2009 Emergency Replacement Poppea as well, and he’ll be back again in June.

            And it seems he was a pretty boss alto once upon a time — thanks for hunting that down, Agathe!

          • Agathe says:

            It’s a curious take because the performance already has a certain maturity of musical interpretation, combined with this very special timbre, really not comparable to a female alto or countertenor. Probably these choir boys only have a short time at the top of their abilities before the voice changes.
            That must have been an interesting Poppea at Boston, but I probably would have agreed with you, thadieu, regarding the conformist staging, from the pictures it looks almost ironic to me!

    • thả diều says:

      i love her outfit! (Paula Murrihy that is). And yes, very in character, not overdone, a bit playful in that duet, adorable.

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