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Puccini: La Bohème - O Soave FanciullaLuciano Pavarotti, Mirella Freni, Etc.; Herbert Von Karajan: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsche Oper Chorus
Giacomo Puccini: “O Soave Fanciulla” from La Boheme
Performed by Luciano Pavarotti & Mirella Freni
so I went to my mum’s concert tonight - she’s in a choir, but there were a few soloists there too
and these two wonderful singers started singing a duet called ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La Boheme
now I’m not really familiar with opera at all, so as it started I was wondering ‘Why…do I recognise this? Why is making me sad?’
then suddenly I realised
it’s the music playing in Giles’ house when he finds Jenny’s body
so then I was just sitting there for the whole thing like:
O Soave Fanculia (La Boheme)Giacomo Puccini
Giacomo Puccini, “O Soave Fanciulla,” La Bohème (1958 recording ft. Maria Callas & Giuseppe Di Stefano)
This is not my usual, but sometimes Sunday mornings call for music with people singing forcefully in Italian.
Movie Directors and their Operatic Debut: Sky Arts Opera Shorts
I was browsing one of my favorite music genres on Youtube and came across this. The English National Opera and Sky Arts teamed with 3 outstanding visual artists: Dougal Wilson (Director of music videos for LCD Soundsystem, Coldplay, Goldfrapp, etc); Werner Herzog (Director amongst other things of “My son, My son, What have ye done”, a new version of Aeschylus’ Orestia, originally performed by a killer during the 70’s which I personally didn’t love but found interesting) and Sam Taylor-Wood who recently directed “Nowhere Boy”, a movie about John Lennon’s childhood.
Descriptions and curricula aside, these guys made three short films for the English National Opera Season and brought the good old fashioned genre to the XXI century videoclip format. For your beautiful eyes and ears: Sky Arts Opera Shorts.