opera-singers

Portrait of soprano Leontyne Price in Mozart’s opera, “Don Giovanni.” Printed on front: “Fayer, Wien.” Stamped on back: “Photo, Fayer, Wien I, Opernring 6. Handwritten on back: "Salzburg, 1960. Don Giovanni.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library
when you’re so busy thinking about not missing your entrance that you miss your entrance.
Summary:
  • Serbia: woman in a white dress, belting out a power pop ballad
  • Austria: Dreamworks logo tries for a career as a boy band singer
  • Macedonia: Classic pop song and/or political statement about fetuses not counting as people (at least in a ESC setting)
  • Malta: woman in a white dress, belting out a power pop ballad
  • Romania: Yodel, rap, giant cannons - peak Eurovision
  • Netherlands: Coming soon to your mom’s iPod/the end credits of a Diane Keaton movie
  • Hungary: Hungarian hipster rapping with traditional folk dancer backup
  • Denmark: woman in a RED!!!! dress, belting out a power pop ballad
  • Ireland: A Ballad From Ireland - this year a Disney number performed by a smol child
  • San Marino: Your dorky parents embarrassing you by grinding on the dance floor
  • Croatia: An opera singer and a Broadway singer fighting for control over the same body. Possibly homophobic, despite definitely pride-friendly scene decor. Might be a Brony.
  • Norway: Macklemore enslaving Zer0 from Borderlands to bang on a drum to his generic pop beat
  • Switzerland: The Beauty and the Beast live action remake looks great
  • Belarus: woman in a white dress, belting out a power pop ballad singing a happy cute folksong with her awkward brother on one of those Florida boats
  • Bulgaria: Another smol child because like most things Biebermania hasn’t reached Europe until now
  • Lithuania: Kill Bill - the Musical
  • Estonia: Generic Soap Opera - the Musical. Saw Love Love Peace Peace and mistook it for instructions.
  • Israel: Happy beefcake taking a dance break at the gym, who also watched Love Love Peace Peace

Long live Leontyne Price!

As it turns out, the celebrated soprano is doing exactly that — today marks her 90th birthday.

The sound of Price’s radiant voice got people talking even at the local weddings and funerals she sang at in her youth in Laurel, Miss. Later, thanks to a prominent Laurel family, she had financial backing to study at New York’s Juilliard School. Price’s student performances drew attention there too, leading to her first big break in 1955.

Leontyne Price At 90: The Voice We Still Love To Talk About

Photo: James Heffernan/Metropolitan Opera Archives

When you overhear a freshman saying they’ve “never pulled an all-nighter”

View of soprano Leontyne Price in Puccini’s opera, “Tosca.” Stamped on back: “NBC photo.” Handwritten on back: “Miss Price in Act II.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

Have you ever thought about how weird the plots to musicals are? For example:

-Singing and dancing about an ex-con and bad revolutionaries who all die

-Singing and dancing about teenagers who commit homicide

-Singing and dancing about broke people dying of AIDS

-Singing and dancing about disfigured opera singers

-Singing and dancing about the early American government (and certain treasurer) 

-Singing and dancing about HUMAN MEAT PIES.

There’s some weird shit, y’all…

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Have some Ramin(y) goodness y'all 💜

Honestly one can’t ever have enough of this hunk of a singer 💜

Happy Birthday Martina Arroyo! (born February 2, 1937)

American operatic soprano.

Portrait of soprano Martina Arroyo. Printed on front: “Robert C. Ragsdale, f.r.p.s.” Stamped on back: “Robert C. Ragsdale Limited, photography. 21 Avenue Road, Toronto, M5R 2G1, (416) 967-3326. Please credit Robert C. Ragsdale, F.R.P.S.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library