Monday, June 11, 2007

Richard Strauss

Today is the birthday of composer Richard Strauss. He wrote some of the best loved operas (or operatic moments) including Salome, Elektra, and Der Rosenkavalier. This season the Met also produced his lesser produced work, Die Agyptische Helena.
In celebration of this great composer's birthday, here are some clips of some of his great operas:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=6oUABPNM_AI
Renee Fleming singing the finale to Capriccio.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=dMR5LyoWC8o
The "presentation of the rose" from Der Rosenkavalier as sung by Lucia Popp and Birgit Fassbaender.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=1fFQUp9u1CA
The "composer aria" from Ariadne auf Naxos as sung by Tatiana Troyanos.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=vKvNJbgSCGQ
The amazingly sublime final trio from Der Rosenkavalier. This is considered to be some of the most beautiful music in all of opera (arguably to some people). I will also ask you to ignore Renee Fleming's dress and just focus on her singing. This trio is sung by Hiedi Grant Murphy, Anne Sofie von Otter, and Renee Fleming. If you have never heard or seen this, please watch this!!!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=z1OAUBdz7zo
Montserrat Caballe singing the final scene from Salome. This is pretty intense.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZtmNNpHt_UE
Singing a scene from Elektra is Eva Marton and Leonie Rysanek. This is also very intense!!


Hope you enjoyed! A big happy birthday to Richard Strauss!!

1 comment:

Mark W said...

You have excellent taste.