Select a Date

April 2014
S M T W T F S
« Mar   May »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930  

Archive for April 25, 2014

Trained to Sing, Born to Flirt

Susanna Phillips

Susanna Phillips comes naturally by that Alabama drawl—and sounds awfully coquettish to the Yankees among us. And then there’s Isabel Leonard, who served up quite the sassy and saucy Rosina in Lyric Opera’s The Barber of Seville earlier this year. The Met’s production of Così fan tutte seems to have stacked the deck by casting those two as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella. After all, così fan tutte, roughly translated means: women are like that

Bella Voce: Better Wear Chain Mail

Bella Voce

It’s a funny tune, at least to 21st century ears, but the Renaissance guys loved it: L’homme armé (The Armed Man). If you can imagine a scene out of the Renaissance Fair or The Game of Thrones—those people—having a hit song that no festive gathering could be without, it was L’homme armé. So infectious was it, church composers lifted the tune for their own Godly purposes