Thursday, May 28, 2009

Prom Queen

On a decidedly unmusical note, this little story via the Slog made me smile this afternoon. Unfortunately, at my high school, we didn't have prom queens or kings. We cast lucky people in all of the roles in Saved by the Bell, instead. Imagine being voted Kelly Kapowski.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Barbiere auf Deutsch

Getting ready for an upcoming concert with the Atlanta Symphony has me revisiting Count Almaviva for the first time in many years. Coming back to Rossini is always a humbling experience, as I find that from a technical standpoint there is always further to go, regardless of how well it went the last time. I envy my colleagues who seem to be able to roll out of bed singing the stuff, tossing it off like it is the easiest thing in the world.

Trolling Youtube, I stumbled across this today, while studying various performances of the Count's first aria in the show. At least I only have to sing it in Italian.