Opera’s Eight

So apparently Francesca Ascioti runs her own Early Music band, called Enea Barock Orchestra, and apparently they played a fundraiser to fight violence against women last night (in Rome), called Donne all’Opera, which will be aired in April on both Rai5 and on the YT channel of Enea Barock Orchestra. – featuring: Vivica Genaux, Anna Bonitatibus, Patrizia Ciofi, Francesca Ascioti, Carmela Remigio and Paula Valentina Molinari. – Photo Credit: Enea Barock Orchestra]

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#YoungMezzostar

Oh, Stuttgart junior mezzo Josy Santos is in the final six of #JungeOpernstars 2018, it seems?

Livestream on Jan 20th, 7:00-10:30 p.m. (GMT+1), on demand as of January 24th.

(As for Stuttgart star mezzo Diana Haller: Ljubljana, I hope someone broadcast or taped that Holofernes because of reasons)

Video Alert: Echo Klassik 2017 aka Mezzos for President

[Joyce DiDonato singing “Thy hand, Belinda” from Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” with Il Pomo d’Oro during the award ceremony for the Echo Klassik 2017, Hamburg/Elbphilharmonie 2017]

If there is a more poignant image in music and its power this week than the tear streaking through DiDonato’s heavy make-up as she sings – being awarded for the Album of The Year für “War & Peace” – Dido’s lament at the Eccho Klassik Awards, I’ve yet to see it.

Well, there is also the standing ovation for Brigitte Fassbaender while accepting her Lifetime Achievement Award in flats and with a no-nonsense attitude, which speaks to me on a spiritual level, so have your pick.

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Video Alert: Waltraud Meier Documentary

[Waltraud Meier, telling the assistant on duty how she’s staging her final Kundry appearance while sort of wearing plaid, aka things are as God has intended at Berlin/Staatsoper 2016.]

Fine, Waltraud Meier hasn’t been billed as mezzo in quite a while, though she hasn’t been billed anything but “Waltraud Meier” since expanding from Kundry to Isolde – both parts which she has retired last year, and ARTE has a documentary on it worth watching even if you don’t understand German or French because it is Waltraud Meier.

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