I’ve listened to the late Lorraine Hunt Lieberson perform this Handel aria approximately 1,326,400 times. I listen still.
h/t: Opera Chic
Such a short, but beautiful song. To the extent that I’m on opera fan, this is among my favorite pieces. Given that the character is Xerxes, I’ve wondered whether Handel wrote the part for a castrati. Speaking of which, have you seen Farinelli?
My copy of Xerxes (Serse) features Judith Malafronte. Also very nice. I’d like to hear it performed by Sarah Brightman too.
Well, I suppose I could have looked it up earlier. From Wikipedia — Serse:
Xerxes, originally sung by a castrato, is now generally performed as a breeches role; that is, it is a male role played by a mezzo-soprano.
Which leads, inexorably, to David Daniels.
*has never intentionally listened to opera before*
I have goosebumps.
Gorgeous. Thank you for posting.
Still a beautiful relaxing sound to relieve the modern day stress.
thanks for posting this wonderful aria from “serse”. strangely enough i’d never heard of LHL … this recording is phenomenal. i’ve heard it on stage sung by a tenor, it’s absolutely beautiful. thanks again.
Sarah Brightman? ACH!
I’ve never heard of this singer either, but she has a beautiful mezzo voice. For another awesome mezzo (as a mezzo soprano I feel I’m well qualified to recommend) is Anne Sofie Von Otter. There is a recording of Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn with her singing an amazing Lied called “Urlicht.” I sang it on my last recital – an incandescently beautiful song and very apt for our times as well.
“Der Mensch liegt in groesster Not.
Der Mensch liegt in groesster Pein.”
And for another amazing singer who is also, sadly, no longer with us, try ANYTHING sung by Eileen Farrell!
ANYTHING sung by Eileen Farrell! – exactly! never miss a chance to hear farrell!
she performed in public up to the age of 78, and absolutely beautifully!
Anne Sofie von Otter is magnificent, granted! And if you’re interested in mezzi – try Magdalena Kožená.
Thanks – I’ll look her up!
Of course, my library is heavy with sopranos and mezzos, but fewer tenors, basses and baritones (oh my!). Any recommendations there?
And for another great mezzo, check this out: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=328358011
Okay – she may not be quite at the level of the fabulous Farrell or Otter, but she don’t suck!
Can you supply her name?
My knowledge of tenors is limited to only the really well-known ones. I really liked Bugs Bunny in “The Rabbit of Seville”.
Um yeah – the name is listed on MySpace
That would be the fabulous, not-so-well known Kierstin Bible.
I agree – Bugs is da bomb!
I avoid MySpace like the plague. Thanks for the name. Didn’t find anything by her on YouTube. Google search isn’t too helpful, because there’s just too many pages which mention the Bible, and a quoted search yields only 3 results pages.
But I had a lot of fun on YouTube the other night, starting with a search for Eileen Farrell, and then wandering through the “related video” links jumping from Farrell to Maria Callas, Ann Murray, and on and on. I liked Angela Gheorghiu doing Habanera.
Unfortunately, it’s a bit difficult to listen to Carmen without cursing the producers of Gilligan’s Island. And Ann Murray makes me think of Snowbird.
Well, My Space is the only place you’ll find this mezzo – since it’s me:-)
I haven’t thought of posting anything on You Tube – I’ll have to do that.
This evening I enjoyed watching a season 4 episode of Highlander with an opera soundtrack I’m just a geek that way!
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