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phantomunmasked:

Bows from The Apostles on saturday. 

Ignore the random talking and just marvel at the loveliness that is Sarah Connolly’s gown. 

Thank you for the full view of the gown, phantomunmasked!

I like it a lot … lacy, swishy, and shapely.

phantomunmasked:

Bows from The Apostles on saturday. 

Ignore the random talking and just marvel at the loveliness that is Sarah Connolly’s gown. 

Thank you for the full view of the gown, phantomunmasked!

I like it a lot … lacy, swishy, and shapely.

Ooh Sarah Connolly singing Schönberg in September hmmm.

(The description makes me wish Verklärte Nacht were a vocal piece because it sounds amazing.)

operarox:

Have I mentioned lately how happy I am to have found the Tumblr opera fandom?

Booking open for Three Choirs Finale featuring Sarah Connolly

Public service announcement for any fans of Sarah Connolly (or of choral music) within reach of Worcester: internet ticket sales open to the general public today, April 15, for the Three Choirs Festival finale concert on August 2. (Apparently telephone sales opened yesterday, a fact that I overlooked.)

The concert will feature Sarah Connolly singing Elgar’s Sea Pictures as well as the Festival Chorus and Philharmonia Orchestra with several other works by British composers.

phantomunmasked:

fashionsfromhistory:

Costume for Phaedra in “Phaedra”
Christian Lacroix
1995
CNCS

Oh my word i’m imagining a certain English mezzo in this and wowza. 

Unnnnfff.
I mean, we may or may not be thinking of the same English mezzo, but I for one am thinking of a certain regal English mezzo with a couple Phaedras in her recent history and … unnnnfff.
Love the split/cutout shoulders, which I didn’t notice until I zoomed way in on the gown. (The dark mannequin doesn’t make them easy to see.) I also like the combination of deep décolletage and broad choker.
That said, I think I like this Phaedra gown from a 1917 production even more. The sleeves, the hem, the draping of the bodice, the asymmetry … I don’t know how Hippolytus could resist.

phantomunmasked:

fashionsfromhistory:

Costume for Phaedra in “Phaedra”

Christian Lacroix

1995

CNCS

Oh my word i’m imagining a certain English mezzo in this and wowza. 

Unnnnfff.

I mean, we may or may not be thinking of the same English mezzo, but I for one am thinking of a certain regal English mezzo with a couple Phaedras in her recent history and … unnnnfff.

Love the split/cutout shoulders, which I didn’t notice until I zoomed way in on the gown. (The dark mannequin doesn’t make them easy to see.) I also like the combination of deep décolletage and broad choker.

That said, I think I like this Phaedra gown from a 1917 production even more. The sleeves, the hem, the draping of the bodice, the asymmetry … I don’t know how Hippolytus could resist.

Sarah Connolly looking mighty fine at the April 12, 2014 performance of Elgar’s The Apostles at the Barbican, London. (source: her Twitter)

Sarah Connolly looking mighty fine at the April 12, 2014 performance of Elgar’s The Apostles at the Barbican, London. (source: her Twitter)

Last Chance to hear Paris “Theodora” with Connolly et al.

Public service announcement: the France Musique archived stream of Handel’s Theodora is only available until April 14, so this weekend is a great time to listen if you haven’t yet.

The live concert recording features Rosemary Joshua, Sarah Connolly, Tim Mead, Kurt Streit, and Neal Davies with the English Concert and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street.

If you want to skip the chatter in the Soirée Lyrique program, I suggest starting about 30 minutes in. After the end of act 1, skip ahead about 23 minutes to get to the start of act 2 (although I’m told there’s a brief interview with Sarah Connolly before act 2; I haven’t listened to it yet). Acts 2 and 3 are played consecutively.

Corrupted by Humbert Humbert

This is kind of bad …

I never learned French, but I’ve picked up some vocabulary here and there.

Lately I’ve enjoyed listening to Les nuits d’été in both the piano-accompanied and orchestrated versions. But I can never hear “L’île inconnue,” with the repeated verb souffler, without thinking of a particularly rude line in Lolita, which I’ve read probably nine or ten times.