A Valkyrie speaks with a Raven, Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys
kingtsukuroi said: can you please post a playlist for a newbie of the opera music? :p your blog rocks by the way ;)
I’m an opera newbie myself, so for once I might be able to give good advice.
First, I have an opera tag.
But I think the best way to learn to appreciate opera is to sit through one from beginning to end. Try one of those videos (between parentheses the subtitles language) :
Mozart, Don Giovanni (eng)
Verdi, La Traviata (english, french, russian, german)
Purcell, Dido & Aeneas (no sub)
Puccini, Madama Butterfly (eng, hebr)
Bizet, Carmen (eng)
Monteverdi, L’Orfeo (fr, eng, it, de, esp)
Delibes, Lakmé (eng, rus)
Debussy, Pelleas et Mélisande (eng, fr, it, esp, de)
Rossini, Il barbiere di Siviglia (eng, ita, de, fr, esp)
Gounod, Faust (french)
Berlioz, La Damnation de Faust (english)
Now here’s the challenge : let’s watch all of them before they are deleted.
Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
Andrea Solari circa 1506-7
Thy hand Belinda, Dido’s Lament, With Drooping Wings from Purcell’s Dido and Aneas
Alison Moyet sings Purcell’s Dido’s Lament
Jeff Buckley sing Purcell’s DIdo’s Lament
Monteverdi, Signor, oggi rinasco ai primi fiori / Non piu s’interporra noia o dimora
The English baroque soloists - John Eliot Gardiner
English translation :
Nero swears to Poppea that she will be his wife that very day.
My lord, today I am reborn with the first flowers
of this new life!
I would that these sighs
that reborn, for you I languish and die,
and dying and living I shall forever adore you.
It was not Drusilla, no,
who tried to kill you.
Who then, who then was the felon?
Our friend Ottone.
He, on his own?
From Ottavia came the thought.
Then you have good reason
to repudiate her.
Today, as I promised,
you shall be my wife.
So blessed a day I never hoped to see.
By Jove’s throne and by mine,
today you will be, I swear it,
empress of Rome,
by my royal word I assure you.
Idol of my heart, now the hour draws near
when I shall delight in my love.
Nero and Poppea
Nothing more shall come between us.
I no longer have a heart in my breast:
you have stolen it from me,
you have stolen my heart from me
with the serene light of your fair eyes,
through you, my beloved, I no longer have a heart in my breast.
I shall hold you in my loving arms,
you who have transfixed me, o joy!
The blessed hours have no end
when I am lost in you;
in you I shall be found again
and shall return to lose myself again, my love,
and always find myself lost in you!
Désolée pour l’introduction un peu longue (que vous passerez) mais je ne pouvais pas ne pas vous montrer un extrait du spectacle auquel j’ai assisté hier soir à l’opéra Garnier. Une mise en scène de Orphée et Euridyce, ballet de Pina Bausch et opéra de Gluck.
Du haut de mes places en paradis/poulailler “à visibilité réduite” je me suis tordue le coup, mais ça en valait la peine. Le spectacle commence véritablement au bout de 2min avec la partie “deuil” et la levée de corps : maginifque.
History of Italian Opera Part I of 7 - Verdi - Interview with David McVicar
The Beheading of John the Baptist, 1640. oil on canvas by Carel Fabritius, Dutch, 1622-1654.
From a family of artists and Rembrandt’s most gifted student, Fabritius brings us this oddly bloodless vision of a popular Biblical theme. He is also the artist of The Goldfinch.
The painting is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.