Those lovely people at Arte TV have made the Christoph Marthaler production (Teatro Real Madrid) available to watch on line.
It was filmed on 21 May 2014 and can be viewed free HERE
Anne Sophie von Otter is Nicklausse
Thursday 28 June 2012 at 09:00 UK time
BBC 3 ‘s Essential Classics programme on Thursday: Music by Beethoven, Arne, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Pergolesi, Elgar, Richard Strauss, Platti, Arvo Pärt and the highlight of the programme ….
Mozart: Requiem, K.626 – broadcast at 11.00
Barbara Bonney (soprano)
Anne Sofie von Otter (contralto)
Hans Peter Blochwitz (tenor)
Willard White (bass)
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists (with trombone solo from Susan Addison in the Tuba mirum)
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
The recording is: PHILIPS 420 197-2 – Original Release Date: January 11, 1988.
Prick up your ears von Otter fans. Tucked away in a less than obvious place in the radio 3 morning schedule is a slot known as Artist of the Week. In the week beginning Monday 14th November, for 5 days, that artist is wonderful mezzo Anne Sophie von Otter.
The programme concerned is entitled Essential Classics with Sarah Walker and it plays at 09.00 until 12.00 UK time. There are several segments to the programme divided like this:
09.00 Essential CD of the week
09.30 Daily brain teaser and performances by the artist of the week.
10.30 A guest
11.00 Recommended listening
The works performed by von Otter are:
Monday – Mozart, Voi che sapete (The Marriage of Figaro) with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine (conductor) : Schumann Frauenliebe und Leben, Op 42 with Bengt Forsberg (piano)
Tuesday – Handel, Svegliatevi nel core (from Giulio Cesare) : Berlioz – Les nuits d’ete.
Wednesday -in Pavel Haas, 7 Songs in Folk Style, Op.18 : Ravel, Sheherazade.
Thursday – Weill, Foolish Heart (from One Touch of Venus) : Bach, Schlafert allen Sorgenkummer (from Cantata No.197, Gott ist unsere Zuversicht) : Respighi, Il tramonto.
Friday – Schubert, (orch. Berlioz) – Erlkonig, D328 : Mahler, Ruckert Lieder.
Here is a taster of the Handel which is played on Tuesday
video courtesy of peristico70
This version is extra fabulous because it also stars
MARC MINKOVSKI & LES MUSICIENS DU LOUVRE, GRENOBLE
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Since the expected White Shirt traveller did not arrive, here are the correct answers.
Both Smorgy and KateK were so nearly there but Howells and Troyanos obviously sound very similar!
1. Garanca/ von Otter
2. von Otter/ Koch
3. Kasarova/ Garanca
4. Howells/ Graham
5. Koch/ Troyanos
6. Graham/ Kasarova
7. Troyanos/ Howells
Good guessing everyone and thank you for having a go!
Richard Strauss was inordinately fond of the female voice, and “Der Rosenkavalier” is famed for the beautiful music of the three female-voice roles which comprise its protagonists: Sophie, Octavian, and the Marschallin. This love triangle culminates in the exquisite trio and duet which end the opera.
Octavian, Count Rofrano, one of the most beloved characters in White Shirt opera.
“Marie Thérèse”, his lover, one of the most recognised names and poignant, deeply felt phrases sung in any opera.
But which voice goes with which picture?
Can you recognise a voice from only two words?
You will probably recognise your favourite but what of the others?
Try and sort out the recordings and photos.
Whatever you are up to and whatever the weather ….
Yes, the clue is in the title of the blog …. I have an obsession with eyes. I love to observe. I love to admire and I am particular fascinated by the use of eyes in performance.
We all have our favourite diva. We love their singing, performance, style, their personality and their appearance. We look out for new recordings they have made, appearances on radio or TV and occasionally we come across a new photo or DVD to add to our collection. Sometimes the gods are with us and we get to see and hear them in live performance, getting wildly excited at that prospect ages before the event. We drink in their sound, their aura and memorise every note, word and move. How about the eyes of your diva? – those compelling pools that draw us in to the mystery that is musical performance….
Note: Try as I might I was unable to find performance photos which were close enough to show eyes to their best advantage so I had to make do with publicity stills for some.
Do you , for instance , love the latin look?
mezzo Cecelia Bartoli
or do you prefer the devastating combination of Greek and German heritage?
soprano Anja Harteros
Perhaps ice blue Latvian is your style
mezzo Elina Garanca
As Carmen at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in 2009© Catherine Ashmore/Royal Opera House 2010
Ms. Garanca may have beautiful blue eyes but I expect some of you remember this scene from La Clemeza di Tito? Playing Annio in the beautiful duet “Ah perdona al primo affetto” her eyes were inexplicably elsewhere instead of concentrating on the fragrant Servilia of Barbara Bonney whilst they made sweet music. Ms. Bonney did make her pay for it a few seconds later, however!
or a cool pale blue gaze
soprano Barbara Bonney
Some divas have the wonderful gift of accentuating their eye colour
mezzo Anne Sophie von Otter
Ms. von Otter on the other hand was able to give Ms. Bonney her full attention. Quite rightly too!
Me? I just love eyes of green
mezzo Vesselina Kasarova
or did I mean hazel?
perhaps that was green after all?
No …. too analytical. Who cares what the colour is as long as these eyes continue to communicate and compel whilst filling our souls with music.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WHITE SHIRT WEEKEND
Just as an afterthought …. there may be those who are not as captivated by eyes as Eyes.
Prefer a less specific and more holistic approach?
OK, here you go ..
Swedish mezzo Malena (the arms) Ernman
photo:KapdBWO on last.fm