After the jump: an unofficial schedule of Sarah Connolly’s future performances. Those of us in North America can look forward to appearances in Philadelphia and New York; those of you in Britain may catch a performance in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Oxford, Cambridge, Norwich, Hereford, Stroud (Glos.) or Painswick (Glos.); those on the Continent may see her in Valencia, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Göttingen, Salzburg, Schwarzenberg, or Bucharest. Plus! I am adding online broadcast details as they become available.
Well this is cool: the next livestream by the Royal College of Music (which recently livestreamed a masterclass by Sarah Connolly) will be a sold-out concert featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, with Elizabeth Watts and Sarah Connolly. Tune in at 19:30 London time on Friday, October 24, 2014.
Yeah I was very surprised to see her instead of Rice in the cast - apparently she did only this one performance of the tour, idk why. She was stunning tho.
I enjoyed Christine Rice in the London performance. I had never heard her before but I thought she had a nice milk-chocolate voice and was very good at adding little comic touches to her acting. Sonia Prina is such an animal on stage, though, I wish I could have seen her do the role too.
Not to rub it in but i’m going to see her in Mahler 2 next week. :P Still - you got to see her in multiple things when you were here! Also - THAT ALCINA!!
Yeah, I can’t complain too much. My London concert binge was every bit as awesome as I had hoped, and then some.
Enjoy the RCM Mahler and tell us how it goes!
Schedule or money?
Schedule. The purpose of the trip is to accompany my boyfriend to a family event, part of which directly conflicts with Partenope. Alas!
I’m missing Sarah Connolly’s upcoming Mahler 2s in Philadelphia (Oct. 30, Nov. 1, Nov. 2) and New York (Oct. 31) for essentially the same reason: I agreed months ago to accompany my boyfriend to a family event in Chicago that weekend, and although I could hypothetically shoehorn the Sunday matinee into my itinerary, it would involve abandoning my boyfriend early on the last morning in Chicago and spending several hundreds of dollars changing my plane tickets. It’s too bad, because I have a serious Sarah Connolly addiction and she does not perform very often on the same continent where I live.
Alice Coote, Plane Tree aria, Xerxes, ENO
I am not okay. I’m going to die at Alcina. My seats are in row 5. I’m really going to die.
Yep. Yep you will. *smug half-smile*
Having heard her in both roles a week apart, I thought Ruggiero was a better fit for Alice Coote’s voice than Xerxes. I don’t have any bones to pick with her Xerxes but the role is a bit cartoonish and she just seemed to be more in her element embodying the emotional tug-of-war in Alcina.
I’m sure other people would pick other arias as the high point of the evening, but for me it was Mi lusinga il dolce affetto. I just sat there absorbing every note and going “WOW. WOW.” She got all these subtle emotional shadings out of it. I thought it sounded like the aria was written just for her and I even had a tiny, unbidden vision of her workshopping the aria with Handel.