faust…

with loads of very nice full operas on YT, i’ve been keeping it busy… though mainly only as “background” music… for which reason, Berlioz’ “Les Troyens” with Antonacci didn’t quite cut it but Gounod’s “Faust” has been such a beautiful discovery! On the other hand, Berlioz’ “La Damnation de Faust” in English is realllllly hard for the ears… even though Marguerite was great. so, here’s music to start the weekend.

ps- while looking for VK’s facebook page to post up her recent exciting trip to sing in her home town, look what I accidentally ran into! What I wanted to link originally is of course this fabulous pix

concert in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, 20-Nov-2012, (c) unknown

along with

„Не знам дали ще ми повярвате, но такива мигове за незабравими за мен. Аз съм видяла абсолютно всичко на този свят. На 39 станах камеризингер на Мюнхенската опера, на 42 – във Виенската опера. Имам куп медали и награди, дискографията ми бе номинирана за Грами. Но уверявам ви, тези награди не струват нищо пред това, което преживях снощи на старозагорска сцена”, каза развълнуваната Веселина.

(Стандартнюз, 21 ноември 2012)

as copied from here. (interesting that her fan page on fb is not visible, but at same time one finds many others). When i find the proper credit for that fabulous photo above, will add credit accordingly… anyhow, thanks to Smorgy for alerting us to the buzzing news.)

Edit: many thanks to Al who first sent me the clip, then provided the translation. Here it is, her interview from Brussels. hit “cc” for english subtitles.