Some warmth on this chilly Thursday: the Amici Ensemble and soprano Mireille Asselin covers Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. It's a clip from their newly released album, Inspired by Canada/Notre Pays. Curl up with some tea, hit play, and let the tears flow.
Readers, what are you looking forward to in your operatic lives this year? Every now and then it's nice to take stock of the exciting things on the horizon, to keep us interested and invested in the art form we all love. We've got four things for opera fans to get properly pumped about in 2018:
Can you believe it's that time already? The end of the twelfth month is upon us, and we have a duty to reflect on the year. 2017 brought lots of goodies: high notes, great conversations, and even a puppet opera. Greg and Jenna whittled down the year's riches to their top 5 picks:
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We're proud to call ourselves an artist-run publication, set on demystifying opera without dumbing it down. In this past year, we've expanded our opera coverage to cities across North America and Europe - our new contributors are an amazing, dedicated group of loquacious artists who keep our mission afloat.
It's something to ponder: have the great composers of history inadvertently laid out a predetermined social life for generations of operatic artists? Have they added to the stereotype of rival divas by keeping them isolated to their own operas? Have they given credulity to the inevitable cross-disciplinary romances between soprano and baritone, between répétiteur and tenor?
Pianists who work with singers tend to pride themselves on being an anticipator of needs. A great pianist seems to know before the singer does if they need an emergency breath, could use some extra hang-time on a high note, or wants a friendly push in tempo. Yet just as married-for-decades couples can still manage to surprise each other, even the best of pianist-singer relationships aren't perfectly telepathic.
"Mouth agape, molars in full view, eyebrows at the crown of the head, perhaps some bulging veins - they're all the product of singing one's face off. It's not always pretty, and the camera seems cruelly deft at showing you the sordid details."
"Nadine Sierra misses out on London debut", reads Lebrecht's headline. He goes on: "The US soprano was due to open the Covent Garden season in Richard Jones's new production of La Bohème, but she has cried off. Her replacements are, if anything, more interesting."
This aria is dense and charming, and though it seems harmless, features more than a few surprising challenges. With the work you do in the practice room and with your teachers and coaches, our latest Aria Guide can help you navigate your way through this adorable little ditty.