Clip of the day – opera style…kinda

Here are three delightful opera singers singing a trio from Rodger & Hart’s The Boys from Syracuse. It is wonderful. Enjoy!

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Catching up, demi-blog style

So, I’ve been perhaps the worst blogger of all time. The last time I posted something of note that wasn’t a video was July 13… [blog fail]

Anyway. Instead of retroactively writing blogs about the past, I’m just going to give you a nice set of demi-blogges about things that have happened from then to now and then be a good blogger and post on a regular basis, instead of having another one of these posts…

Things that have happened since I have last blogged:

  • I went to Minneapolis for a week to have a lot of fun with friends I met when I was in Italy in 2007. Lots of fun ensued, including a viewing of Harry Potter 6 after having quite a few cocktails…Like 4 STRONG martinis. Other highlights included going to the beach (yes, they do, in fact have beaches within the city limits) & running into people I knew from SLC that now live in the Twin Cities.
  • I drove down to Tucson with the Boif to drop him and his mom off at the U of Arizona (working on his Masters, she, her DMA) with the requisite stop in Vegas. Possibly one of the only times that gay folks have stayed at the Hooters Casino & Resort. Despite the reputation, the hotel was nice, the food was good, and the pools were wonderful. It certainly is a sign of addiction when you make it your goal to get to St. George in less than 4 hours because that’s when the Starbucks closes. We then rushed to get to Vegas in less 2 hours, but very clearly going the speed limit, officer, because I had never seen the Bellagio dancing water live before, and we would be leaving before the ‘shows’ start the next day. And Boif + mom thought it important for me, seeing as how I love spectacle. Totally wonderful. Glad that when we were there when they were not playing Time to say goodbye; partially because I’m not a large fan of it in general, but it is Sarah Brightman singing. Just like Anna Netrebko, not a large fan. That said, I do like Anna much more than Sarah.
  • I have been in the chorus of Utah Opera‘s productions of Macbeth & Carmen (Italian girl in Algiers is coming up in March though). These three shows have been wonderful to be in, as they have given me the opportunity to meet a lot of fun people(chorus and principals), get paid to do something I’m going to school for *concept*, and just have a lot of fun in general. Despite the obvious, it makes me feel like I am a “professional” singer, but not in chorus, if that makes sense. I think that Macbeth was the most informative, and network building of the shows, Carmen the most fun off stage and I believe that Italian girl will be the most fun on stage, seeing as how staging rehearsals are going.

From now on, I promise to keep all of my readers updated much more. Henceforth and all that jazz.

Ciao belli!

Opera at the Met

It would appear that someone has made a BIG sacrifice to the opera gods regarding the the Met’s 2010-11 new production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

From the New York Times:

In January 2007, during a public discussion at The New York Times, Mr. Gelb first revealed the names of the lead singers for the Met’s new production of Wagner’s “Ring,” directed by Robert Lepage, to be introduced starting in 2010: Deborah Voigt, singing her first staged Brünnhilde in a complete “Ring”; Bryn Terfel as Wotan; Ben Heppner as Siegfried.

Praise. Jesus.
I. can’t. wait.

Filippa Giordano

I don’t think that there are words to describe this aptly.

An english version of Nessun dorma from Puccini’s Turandot.

O mio babbino caro from Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi

Vissi d’arte from Puccini’s Tosca


Casta diva from Bellini’s Norma

Una voce poco fa from Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia

Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen

Si, mi chiamano Mimi from Puccini’s La boheme