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 😉

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  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!

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  3. stray says:

    Hipster Christian Immler at 2:12:00

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  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.

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    • stray says:

      He also makes a good Seneca 🙂

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      • Agathe says:

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

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        • 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.

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          • 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!

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          • 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!

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    • 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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