Happy Birthday Sarah Connolly!
I can’t not post her Cesare, so… ‘Aure, deh, per pieta.’ Glyndebourne 2005.
Tears running down my face.
Sarah Connolly singing “Softly and gently” from Elgar’s “The Dream of Gerontius” under the baton of the late Sir Colin Davis.
“Farewell, but not forever, brother dear.”
I was obsessively trying to find the right thing to post in honor of the late Sir Colin Davis. And then yesterday happened and choosing anything else felt a bit wrong.
Sarah Connolly and Danielle DiNiese in Giulio Cesare.
There are 705 of you following this blog. THAT’S SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIVE. Hot damn. I don’t know what to do except post this extremely hot picture of Sarah Connolly and Danielle de Niese making out.
Mezzo Soprano Sarah Connolly singing Rule Britannia at the Last Night of the BBC Proms.
Nothing owns this version. Nothing.
Olympics needed more British Mezzos in uniform. And Britten. Definitely needed more Britten.
Soprano Miah Persson as Poppea and Mezzo Sarah Connolly as Nerone sing ‘Signor, oggi… Non piu s’interporra’ from Monteverdi’s ‘L’Incoronazione di Poppea.’ Barcelona 2009.
People usually sit on their hands waiting for ‘Pur ti Miro’ in this piece, but this duet is exquisite too! And these voices are particularly well matched.
So it turns out if you search for opera interviews on academic databases, gems emerge. This article is from the Financial Times in 2000, written by Andrew Clark. In 2000, Coote and Connolly were in an ENO production of Monteverdi’s ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ with Coote singing Poppea and Connolly singing Ottavia. Both have gone on to be formidable Nerone’s in the same opera. Here, they sit down with some wine and discuss deep things like Mahler and boob-groping.
Yes, more Handel. I have had a horrible day, and listening to this aria is really cathartic for me. Mezzo Sarah Connolly sings Ariodante’s ‘Scherza Infida’ from Handel’s ‘Ariodante.’ From her entirely wonderful CD 'Handel Heroes and Heroines.’
All hail the great master.