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chansondefortunio · 5 days ago
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Random Youtube videos vaguely related to opera you should watch
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i might be late to the party but this is pretty... stan offenbach...
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what an absolute treasure but the translation is ass
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ABSOLUTE COMEDIC MASTERPIECE. THE ONLY "DUMB BLONDE" VERSION OF HELENE THAT ILL ALLOW BECAUSE IT'S ACTUALLY ENDEARING
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Jessye Norman supremacy, Dmitri Hvorostovsky looking hot, Semyon Bychkov speaking french or smth idk watch it its so fun
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oh the obscure things you come across while looking for obscure operas that you're researching out of love for an obscure opera singer anyways this whole channel is so pure check it out
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8yearsofvenus · a month ago
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Kathleen Battle sings Oh Glory at Carnegie Hall
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danaillegitimateofx · 2 months ago
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Watch "Jessye Norman - Samson and Delilah 1987" on YouTube
https://youtu.be/WP3-xk9aaik
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sweatershowgirl · 3 months ago
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I’m not reviewing Les Troyens as I literally only was able to watch Norman’s and Troyanos’ big arias last night between work/research/family stuff, but BOY were they stunners. Can’t wait to get back to the full Met streams soon 
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black-is-beautiful18 · 3 months ago
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Black Opera Singers
Even though there's many more I'm going to highlight 2 great opera singers who made history.
1. Mary Violet Leontyne Price was born Feb 10, 1927. Ms. Price is an American soprano who was raised in Laurel, Mississippi. Her rise to international fame was during the 50s and 60s. Leontyne was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera and she is one of the most popular classical singers of her time. Leontyne was also considered to be a lirico spinto soprano. In Italian that means "pushed lyric" which made her perfect for many heroine roles in operas such as Aida which also happened to be her farewell performance. She appeared in recitals and concerts up until 1977. Ms. Price also won many awards such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1964), the National Medal of Arts (1985), Lifetime Achievement Award, and many more including 19 Grammys for operatic and song recitals as well as full operas. She has many more awards but she is the most awarded classical singer. She also was awarded an honorary doctorate from Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
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2. Jessye Norman (September 15, 1945-September 30, 2019) was an American opera singer and recitalist. She was known for her dramatic soprano roles but refused to be put in a box. Jessye had a commanding presence on stage and even did operas and recitals such as Beethoven's Leonore, Wagner's Sieglinde and Kundry, & many more. Edward Rothstein, a music critic with The New York Times, described her voice as a "grand mansion of sound." Ms. Norman trained at Howard University, the Peabody Institute, and the University of Michigan. She started her career is Europe and it's there that she won the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 1968. This led to her getting a contract with the Duetsche Oper Berlin. Her operat debut was in Wagner's Tannhäuser and next sang in Verdi's Aida at La Scala in Milan. She made her debut in America in 1982 with the Opera Company of Philadelphia when cast as Jocasta in Stravinsky's Oedipus rex, and as Dido in Dido and Aeneas. She went on singing in places like the Metropolitan Opera, the Paris Opera, the Royal Opera in London and even the Lyric Opera of Chicago. She sang at Ronald Reagan's second inauguration, Queen Elizabeth ll's 60th birthday celebration in 1986 and opened the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Norman has won the Grammy for Best Classical Vocal Solo, Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the National Medal of Arts to name a few. Ms. Jessye also has her own school, The Jessye Norman School of the Arts.
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edeldoro · 3 months ago
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The Hound @ Ruby:
May my wrongs create no trouble / No trouble, in thy breast
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sweatershowgirl · 3 months ago
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Black History Month #3 - Dialogues of the Carmelites
From April 1987 - broadcast 3rd February 2021
I put this on at 7am this morning to try to watch it all before work, and I didn’t quite succeed so I just had the *really* sad stuff to catch up before lunch.
I loved seeing the same production as the HD broadcast in French with an equally magnificent cast (it’s interesting that Poulenc wanted this piece performed in the local language of whatever house was putting on a production - I guess in pre-subtitle times it would make for far better drama knowing what was happening! I love the French original with subtitles but was surprised how musical the English was!). Norman’s voice is so huge and warm and her Madame Lidoine/Mother Marie just radiated love for her convent daughters. Ewing and Norden’s youthful dynamic was so well cast and they both just broke my heart in different ways.
Also, Ewing was Peter Hall’s wife for a while and is Rebecca Hall’s mum? What a talented family.
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artgroupie · 3 months ago
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jessye norman at 60 nailing erwartung and la voix humaine in the same night is absolutely the greatest stunt ever pulled on an opera stage
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musicfordinner · 4 months ago
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Year of Wonder selection Day 7 - performed by the Queen, versatile American Opera singer Jessye Norman ♥️ composed by French composer and pianist Francis Poulenc
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I did let this book get away from me a little and will spend the weekend catching up. However, this piece.. I just heard this beautiful piece from the 7th and omg, my heart. It was like the Angels came down and graced me with their presence. I felt a tear well up in the corner of my eye. It's definitely the inclusion of Jessye's vocals on this selection.
However, Clemency Burton-Hill hits the nail on the head with this selection for Day 7, what a wonderful way to end the first seven days of a new year. If the year started on a Sunday and you heard this magnificent piece of music in Saturday night right before the clock stroke midnight, the majesty of it, the breathtaking nature of it, could almost feel like starting the year all over again anew. It would almost feel like a do-over.
Im so taken away by this selection today that I’m so glad someone compiled this playlist for year of wonder on both Apple Music and Spotify.
Considering the layers of classical music, how many times a piece has been reimagined by this virtuoso or that, it would have been so hard for me to find the one that really shines. I’m so glad someone more experienced with classical than me put together the playlists to really capture the beauty of what Clemency Burton-Hill is sharing in Year of Wonder.
I couldn’t imagine experiencing ‘Les Chemins de l’amour” any other way that hearing Jessye Norman sing it, now that I’ve heard her sing it. It’s so, so beautiful. Hear it for yourself!
Onward to the rest of the days!
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mari-bellis · 4 months ago
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I bet once Jessye Norman entered Heaven, Verdi, Schubert, Wagner, and Strauss probably lined up to give her infinite love and praise.
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sweatershowgirl · 5 months ago
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Signature Roles #6 - Ariadne auf Naxos
From March 1988 - broadcast 5th December 2020
Strauss’ story sits right between pretentious and profound, but there’s so much warmth in all his warring characters and their reconciliation in their eventual play-with-in-a-play that it’s a beautiful world to get lost in. This historic production was so gorgeous and good for the soul that I fell asleep for 15 minutes during Act II - and this is a compliment. Strauss writes for sopranos/high mezzos like few others, and Norman, Battle, and Troyanos make this difficult music sound effortless. 
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somniumtranquillam · 5 months ago
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Du Ring an meinem Finger
- Adelbert von Chamisso, 4th piece of his cycle “Frauenliebe und Leben”, music by R. Schumann
https://youtu.be/G9u-uoY1e_Q
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Translation and text from Oxfordlieder
This rendition done by Jessye Norman is by far my favorite. The music composition alone being a wonderful artwork itself already, it’s so easy for musicians to refrain from going over the line in performing this type of works. It will almost always sound nice regardless of whatever you do. However, I find such a vivid embodiment in every word that is sung by Jessye Norman, almost as if they are alive, given a new fresh breath. No word is left singled out, and every syllable is deeply taken-care of.
Probably the most celebrated work of poetry and lied of all time, the whole cycle of “Frauenliebe und Leben” tells the story of the course of a woman’s (love) life from her first meeting, to her lover’s death, and after. The contrast between each poem which depicts different life phases personally takes my heart to such an emotional journey, moving from one phase to another, evoking diverging emotions in each step. Inside this masterpiece, I would consider this fourth poem (moreso as a song) as my personal favorite, most soothing to my soul. This to me speaks of the first stage the woman understands the purity, peacefulness, and immense kindness of love. This moment is the answer to her life-long longing/sehnsucht (just because I love the German word so much), an answer to a childhood dream. A moment where her past desolation is redeemed with the undivided wholeness of sacred love
Now let’s pay an homage to Chamisso and Schumann by listening to the piece!
Unrelated to everything I just wrote, I wish lieder are much more appreciated, like people do operas. There’s such an otherwordly richness to the world of art songs, which is easy to overlook. But damn, my life depends on lieder.
https://youtu.be/G9u-uoY1e_Q
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Photo credits from tumblr! I forgot whose blog though.
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sweatershowgirl · 7 months ago
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Wagner Week #4 - Die Walküre
From April 1989 - broadcast 8th October 2020
This is my second time seeing this broadcast (the first was a few months ago when the Met first aired it); I came for Norman and Morris and stayed for Behrens. She’s a convincingly young, sprightly Brünnhilde reveling in her powers and responsibilities at the start, and then her performance gains power and tragedy as she decides to go against her father and try - and fail - to save the Wälsung twins. Also, it’s probably because the ever-impressive and imposing Morris is 6′5″, but the height difference between him and his on-stage daughter makes them very believable as an overpowered famly unit. 
Norman’s “O hehrstes Wunder!” has lived rent-free in my head since first hearing this production and the gold standard to which I’ll be holding all other Sieglindes. 
After Das Rheingold, Die Walküre’s small acts of human kindness - the lush romanticism of the Wälsung twins’ romance, Brünnhilde’s defiance in favour of humanity, and even the other Valkyries looking to protect their sister after Wotan goes on the warpath - really shine. Wotan himself had more trials and doubts not driven by greed or gold(en apples), and I’m looking forward to seeing how his and his daughter’s motivations continue to develop as the series progresses. 
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