caraspeme asked: 2, 7, 8, 9, 15 (sorry if that's too many, I'm just really curious)
2. What’s the sexiest opera moment you’ve ever experienced?
Probably all of David McVicar’s Giulio Cesare. EIther that or his Clemenza from Aix-en-Provence (yeah i have a thing for his productions).
I mean - Sarah Connolly. Need i say more?
7.Pick the bits from operas you want to be played at your wedding and funeral.
Wedding: Erm…hmm… Ok. The Brindisi from Traviata, The Le Nozze di Figaro overture, the overture from Der Rosenkavalier, possibly Ist ein Traum as well. The Giulio Cesare overture. La Clemenza di Tito's overture. The Barcarolle from Les contes d’Hoffmann. Yeah that’s about all i can think of…for now.
Funeral: I am so boring, but When I am laid in earth; I love the stateliness and constrained sorrow in the aria. It’s an interesting message to leave your loved ones too - “Remember me, but forget my fate.” I want to be remembered for what i did in life, not how i died. And that captures it all. Also the Marschallin’s contemplation of time - Die zeit die ist ein sonderbar ding. Because i think it’s fitting to think about the nature of time’s passage at a funeral. Same argument for Dove Sono.
Yeah basically i don’t want people just to feel bad i’m dead, i want to give them their own case of terminal angst, it appears.
8.….so, ever been attracted to a mezzo in a pants role? Who do you find the most appealing?
9.What’s your #1 shower aria?
Non piu andrai, hands down.
15. If your house was burning down and you could only grab one recording or DVD, which one would you pick and why?
Because i’m a horrible person and can’t choose, imma gonna go with one CD and one DVD.
For the DVD: Der Rosenkavalier. Either the ROH production with Kiri Te Kanawa and Anne Howells or the Vienna production with Felicity Lott and Anne Sofie Von Otter. Barbara Bonney is the Sophie in both.
Why? Because Rosenkavalier, that’s why.
For the CD: The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra’s disc of Mahler’s song cycles, with Thomas Hampson singing the Lieder wines fahrenden gesellen and Susan Graham singing the Ruckert Lieder. Michael Tilson Thomas conducts. The sound of the disc is so, so beautiful; it holds a special place for me because it was my introduction to Mahler’s lieder. I shiver every time i go back to Susan Graham singing the Ruckert Lieder on that disc; when she sings “Und ruh’ in einem stillen Gebiet…” in Ich bin der Welt abandon gekkomen my heart, my mind, my breath - everything stops, just freezes for a moment and i feel this echoing emptiness within that is filled just a moment later, in such a tragically beautiful, poignant way.
Yeah i have a lot of feelings re Mahler’s lieder, can you tell?
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