Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Happy Birthday to Handel!

I have to admit: I forgot it was Handel's birthday. It's weird, though, because I spent the entire weekend absolutely addicted to his Alcina. I listened to the whole thing all the way through once and listened to various parts of it between 3-8 times. (I'm in love with this opera!) I sang the Act III trio from that opera today in my scenes class. Between that trio, the new Met season, and NYCO's Partenope, I spent a good amount of time talking about Handel today with friends and teachers. And I had no idea until now that it is Handel's birthday! How funny.

So to celebrate, let me share the Handel love. Today I made another discovery! I found a recording of Jennifer Rivera singing Handel's "Come nube che fugge dal vento," Nerone's mad aria from Agrippina. I LOVE THIS ARIA. And to Jenny Rivera: not bad for opening night... I still don't know how anyone gets through this aria; it's absolutely INSANE. She does a smashingly amazing job here. This is definitely worth listening to. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

And I just couldn't leave this out; it was just too good. This video is hysterical and slightly amazing. I've been wrestling through 20th century music in history class, so this really struck a chord with me. I present the newest conductor on the block conducting Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

All Good Things...

Die Fledermaus has officially come to an end, but what a great run! I couldn't have asked for a better production, a better cast, a better production team, a better costume (!). Honestly, I had so much fun and I learned so much. Overall, it was just a wonderful experience.

And so many people came out to support me! The support was completely unexpected and slightly overwhelming. Of course I can't forget to thank everyone who encouraged me throughout this process. I cherish every single kind word that was spoken to me -- and there were a lot! I really don't know how I got so lucky.

I'm definitely going to miss Fledermaus, and Orlofsky in particular, but I made the most of it and I'm proud of how it all turned out. All good things must come to an end, and I'm not unsatisfied with this ending at all. We had a great run and I am so grateful for it all. Besides, I'm sure I'll get to whip out Orlofsky again. That's one of the things I love about opera: you always have another chance to revisit these wonderful characters. He'll always be there, ready to make an appearance. I just have to wait for the opportunity. :)

I'm so happy. Just so happy. :)