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"Relict Furies" online (but not for long)

Gentle reminder! The world premiere of Relict Furies by New Zealand composer Gareth Farr, sung by Sarah Connolly, is online for one more day as part of this Concert by the Scottish Ensemble and the Commonwealth Strings on the BBC Radio 3 website. Should be available through Monday, September 1.

There is a lot of good stuff in this broadcast, including DAME KIRI, but to skip ahead to Relict Furies, go to about 01:13:00. 

The lyrics are in a program note on the publisher’s website. (A few revisions were made for performance.)

Sarah Connolly does the ice bucket challenge.


Mezzo Sarah Connolly sings “Rule Britannia” at the last night of the 2009 Proms

Outfit FTW

Coincidentally, I was just thinking about this outfit earlier today. I was remembering how she said something on Twitter last year about having tried to get a special dress made for LNOP but having been unable to get the attention of anyone in the offices of a certain British designer. I was wondering idly whether the dress in question would have been for “Rule Britannia” and I was thinking to myself “if that snub led to the genesis of the absolutely genius Admiral Nelson outfit, then IT WAS ALL WORTH IT.”

I am putting contralto Sara Couden on my list of “young singers to keep an eye on.” I had the pleasure of hearing her perform on a couple of recent occasions. I think she has a distinctive voice and a lot of potential for development in stage presence and connection with the audience. Her Pirate Jenny—which I heard her do in English—seemed to bring out the best of her confidence and wit.

There are more sample recordings on her media page and at Contralto Corner.

Mahler 2 at Carnegie Hall with Angela Meade and Sarah Connolly

I almost forgot!! Another notable concert in the Carnegie Hall 2014-2015 season: Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Angela Meade, and Sarah Connolly on October 31. As of this writing there appear to be very few tickets left for the Carnegie Hall performance, so I won’t be surprised if it sells out soon after ticket sales open to the general public today, August 25. 

There are, however, three performances with the same orchestra and soloists at Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall on October 30 and November 1 and 2. And since the Carnegie Hall performance is scheduled for the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, there should be some rush tickets held back until the day of.

PSA: Carnegie Hall 2014-2015 Ticket Sales

Attention, North Americans of the mezzosexual (or just operaphilic) persuasion: tickets for Carnegie Hall’s 2014-2015 season officially go on sale to the general public tomorrow, August 25, although I notice that there’s a pre-sale going on already for anyone paying by MasterCard.

Events now becoming available include The English Concert tour of Handel’s Alcina with Joyce DiDonato and Alice Coote (which has already sold out in London; this will be its only stop in North America), three other concerts in the Joyce DiDonato Perspectives series, and a bunch of other vocal performances, including appearances by Jamie Barton, Karen CargillSasha Cooke, and Susan Graham. (You could schedule a Very Mezzo Weekend by combining Karen Cargill’s recital at Carnegie Hall on April 10 with Sarah Connolly’s recital at Lincoln Center on April 12.)

Carnegie Hall has a number of discount programs, including $15 student subscription tickets and $10 rush tickets. Unlike some venues where only unsold tickets go into rush sales, Carnegie Hall apparently holds back some tickets even from sold-out shows for the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, so if you are on a tight budget it may be worth holding out for a rush ticket for that Alcina. Alternatively, there are a number of obstructed / partial view seats in the upper tiers for $15 - $22.

Dorothea Röschmann performs “Oh let me weep” in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen at Styriarte 2014.

O let me forever weep!
My Eyes no more shall welcome sleep:

I’ll hide me from the sight of Day,
and sigh my Soul away.

He’s gone, his loss deplore;
and I shall never see him more. 

O let me weep! forever weep!