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Photos by Marta Vidán Lopez, for an interview with Sarah Connolly on her blog.

operarox:

Because it HAD to be a meme

The shape of the trews in the Nicholas Hytner Xerxes really bothered me until I learned that the production premiered in 1985. I instantly remembered pegged jeans and everything made sense.

operarox:

Because it HAD to be a meme

The shape of the trews in the Nicholas Hytner Xerxes really bothered me until I learned that the production premiered in 1985. I instantly remembered pegged jeans and everything made sense.

Tickets on sale for Masterclass with Sarah Connolly

A public service announcement: tickets go on sale to the general public today, August 20, for the masterclass with Sarah Connolly at the Royal College of Music on September 17. Tickets are only £5 and appear to be about half sold out as of this writing. (Alternatively, you can plan to catch the live stream online.)

Sarah Connolly sings at the Edinburgh International Festival today along with Sophie Bevan, Benjamin Hulett, Matthew Rose, and the Collegium Vocale Gent in Haydn’s Nelson Mass. Alas, there are no plans to broadcast the concert (at least, not that I’ve discovered) but here’s a little three-minute podcast about it.

solointhesand:

Showed this clip to my wife yesterday, and she thinks the Killer BOB reference is deliberate. I think she might be right. Ugh, that pube beard. That denim. That gurgling coloratura. Sonia, baby, you know I love you, but, uh… Can we just, like, pretend this never happened? *shudder*

I think your wife might be on to something.

I keep thinking of this production’s Polinesso as “the guy that the ABC Afterschool Specials warned you to stay away from” but I think this is a more convincing ’80s-’90s TV reference. (And now I want to re-watch Twin Peaks.)

Upcoming Performances by Sarah Connolly

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, Cheltenham, Norwich, Hereford, Painswick (Glos.), or Stonehouse (Glos.); those on the Continent may see her in Valencia, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Göttingen, Salzburg, or Schwarzenberg. Plus! I am adding online broadcast details as they become available.

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(Note: the above video is audio only, which is perfect for ripping to MP3 if you’re so inclined; full video from this production can be found elsewhere on the internet.)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
LA CLEMENZA DI TITO

Aix-en-Provence
July 19, 2011

Tito : Gregory Kunde
Vitellia : Carmen Giannattasio
Sesto : Sarah Connolly
Servilia : Amel Brahim-Djelloul
Annio : Anna Stephany
Publio : Darren Jeffery

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor : Sir Colin Davis

From Wikipedia:

Camilla Ella Williams (October 18, 1919 – January 29, 2012) was an American operatic soprano who performed nationally and internationally. After studying with renowned teachers in New York City, she was the first African American to receive a regular contract with a major American opera company, the New York City Opera. She had earlier won honors in vocal competitions and the Marian Anderson Fellowship in 1943-44.

In 1954 she became the first African American to sing a major role with the Vienna State Opera. She later also performed as a soloist with numerous European orchestras. As a concert artist, she toured throughout the United States as well as Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In 1977, she was the first African American appointed as Professor of Voice at Indiana University, where she taught until 1997.

I learned about Camilla Williams recently after diving down a Wikipedia rabbit hole in the course of my freelance research work. I found this recital recording on YouTube (part 1 above; part 2 here) and thought it was very lovely.

Georg Friedrich Haendel
AGRIPPINA

Barcelona, Gran Teatre del Liceu
November 16 or 18, 2013

Agrippina : Sarah Connolly
Nerone : Malena Ernman
Poppea : Danielle de Niese
Claudio : Franz-Josef Selig
Ottone : David Daniels
Pallante : Henry Waddington
Narciso : Dominique Visse
Lesbo : Enric Martínez-Castignani

Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor : Harry Bicket

Tentative beginnings

1987-1992

Toy with becoming a jazz singer/pianist but desire to sing Ravel’s Shéhérazade is stronger.

Sarah Connolly, Autobiography