July 23, 2014
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A Valkyrie speaks with a Raven, Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys

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A Valkyrie speaks with a Raven, Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys

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July 21, 2014

parmandil:

Verdi allori from Handel’s Orlando, sung by Kristina Hammarström.

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July 15, 2014

kingtsukuroi said: can you please post a playlist for a newbie of the opera music? :p your blog rocks by the way ;)

hannibalsmusic:

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)

Gluck, Orfeo ed euridice (italian lyrics with english sub) or here the french version without subtitles

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)

Rameau, Hyppolite et Aricie (fr)

Handel, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (fr)

Now here’s the challenge : let’s watch all of them before they are deleted.

June 6, 2014
thegoldenhistory:

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist
Andrea Solari circa 1506-7

thegoldenhistory:

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist

Andrea Solari circa 1506-7

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June 5, 2014

Thy hand Belinda, Dido’s Lament, With Drooping Wings from Purcell’s Dido and Aneas

June 5, 2014

Alison Moyet sings Purcell’s Dido’s Lament

June 5, 2014

Jeff Buckley sing Purcell’s DIdo’s Lament 

June 5, 2014

hannibalsmusic:

Monteverdi, Signor, oggi rinasco ai primi fiori / Non piu s’interporra noia o dimora

The English baroque soloists - John Eliot Gardiner

*italian lyrics

English translation :

III, 5

Nero swears to Poppea that she will be his wife that very day.
Poppea
My lord, today I am reborn with the first flowers
of this new life!
I would that these sighs
assure you
that reborn, for you I languish and die,
and dying and living I shall forever adore you.
Nero
It was not Drusilla, no,
who tried to kill you.
Poppea
Who then, who then was the felon?

Nero
Our friend Ottone.
Poppea
He, on his own?
Nero
From Ottavia came the thought.
Poppea
Then you have good reason
to repudiate her.
Nero
Today, as I promised,
you shall be my wife.
Poppea
So blessed a day I never hoped to see.
Nero
By Jove’s throne and by mine,
today you will be, I swear it,
empress of Rome,
by my royal word I assure you.
Poppea
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!

May 30, 2014
thingsmagazine:

Arthur Rackham, The Three Norns Winding the Rope of Fate, 1910. See also.

thingsmagazine:

Arthur Rackham, The Three Norns Winding the Rope of Fate, 1910. See also.

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May 26, 2014

viresqueacquiriteundo:

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.

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May 24, 2014

classically-sound:

Patricia Petibon singing “Caro nome” from RIGOLETTO (by BayerischeStaatsoper)

May 5, 2014

History of Italian Opera Part I of 7 - Verdi - Interview with David McVicar

April 28, 2014
shadesandshadows:

 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.

shadesandshadows:

 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.

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April 24, 2014

Soave sia il vento - Così fan tutte, Mozart Glyndebourne 2006

April 14, 2014

evergod:

Death of Orpheus, 1870

Henri-Léopold Lévy (French, 1840-1904)

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