Monday, April 14, 2008

Back to Opera for a Minute

Life is more than G-list Wingnuts, and since I mentioned opera a coupla days ago I thought that you'd all enjoy this little ditty. It features Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti performing an excerpt of Brindisi: Libiamo, ne' lieti calici from Verdi's La Traviata.

I've got the 1981 London Records recording of them doing the entire opera with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, and it's a keeper for sure.

There aren't words adequate to describe Sutherland's talent, and while this YouTube provides just a quick taste of both singers, it shows that Pavarotti could really deliver the goods before he got too fat and started phoning it in.

The final minute is applause followed by an empty stage and lots of people fidgeting with their programs.

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