“Young soprano Elizabeth Gentner…has a supple, full-bodied voice perhaps better suited for a larger venue, but displayed a confidence and command of comedy unusual in a performer at such an early stage in her career.” ~Kathleen Whalen, Daily Republic Correspondent
Happy Birthday to Victor Borge! #TodayInOpera Victor Borge, Meet @TheMuppets
#TodayInOpera Gustave Charpentiers opera Louise, premiered in Paris in 1900. Here is Leontyne Price singing “Depuis le jour.”
#TodayInOpera 1843 Wagner’s opera “Der Fliegende Holländer” premiered in Dresden Here’s Birgit Nilssen singing Senta’s Aria
Happy Birthday to Viktor Ullmann, opera composer (Der Kaiser von Atlantis) #TodayInOpera
A dramatic soprano of the highest caliber, who made, Turandot one of Puccini’s most challenging roles her own. This recording of her In questa reggia is one of my favorites!
A little fun: If you skip to about 3:40, this is one of those adorable and suave things that Placido Domingo does that makes him one of my personal favorites.
The great Dame Eva Turner expounds on the Character that she made her own!
Happy Birthday to Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev!
Born #TodayInOpera 1891, the composer from the Ukraine has a wide variety of compositions that have made their way into the core repertoire. One such masterpiece is Петя и волк, Petya i volk or Peter and the Wolf!
I truly don’t have a count for how many times I’ve heard this piece, It is such a significant part of my childhood memories. I remember having heard the piece on a car road trips, I remember watching the Disney cartoon, I vaguely remember seeing it performed live, but no one in my family is certain when that happened. (This is just because we go to so many concerts it’s hard to be sure.)
There is not, in my opinion, a clearer example of thematic composition used to greater advantage. The piece truly informed the way I LISTEN to music. I could identify the instruments and tell you what was happening to two characters at once. I began to listen for changes in key even if I wasn’t able yet to identify the difference. I could listen to the whole thing focusing on one character or another depending on my mood. It Was Fun!
I still think it’s one of the best “introduction to orchestra” pieces ever written! So thank you Maestro Prokofiev, we celebrate your birth!
This clip is how I fell in love with the voice of Marilyn Horne. I was learning this duet for a concert. I had heard her sing in recordings many times before. However, this recording is how I became familiar with the depth and versatility of her artistry! Happy Birthday Maestra!