Sunday, November 6, 2016

Enjoying a day off and a lovely new Youtube clip of Alcina from Paris Opera 2004

Finally a day off! It's been a brutal week with me catching the 4th flu of the year (I really have got to get out of Riverside, CA before too long. I had gone 3 yrs without a flu before I moved up here last December. This place is really bad for me!), but still having to go back to work the first day after the fever finally broke. It seemed the whole town of Redlands knew the Thai resto I've been working at finally had a bartender in residence again after 4 days, and we were absolutely swamped for 3 straight days. I'm telling you, people start drinking martinis and other hard core cocktails at lunch time here!

Anyhow, I somehow survived, but was quite something of a post-halloween zombie this morning until I stumbled onto this awesome audio upload of the Alcina broadcast from the Paris Opera in 2004. It stars Luba Orgonasova (Alcina), Vesselina Kasarova (Ruggiero), Vivica Genaux (Bradamante), Patrizia Ciofi (Morgana), Toby Spence (Oronto), and Luca Pisaroni (Melisso)!

That was VK's first foray into the Handelian repertoire, I think, and a marvelous treat to start a day off with!


yvette said...

Dear Smorgy take care because it is not Winter yet and 4th flu is one too much...Reading you I always thought you were in very warm surroundings. I had not followed that you moved to another place which obviously is no good fot you. Do not worry, here in France people dring 'apéros'before lunchtime and dinner time. here in the south they drink Pernod and Ricard and not just one... Well it is always great reading you. I have to listen to this Alcina. I miss Vesselina kasarova a lot. She is now rare to catch in Europe. All the best to you dear friend!

Georg Hausherr said...

Bonjour Smorgy,

So you are no longer in Didacus Santos, got a new job and flue on top of that. Best wishes for overcoming.

Let me give you a Latin proverb you might like:

Semper in excretum sum sed alta variat = Always in the shit, but the depth varies