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Life of the party

Our dear friends at Operavore (to whence Our Own JJ will be returning for another season early in 2014) have called for nominations for favorite operatic “party records.”

If you, the cher public, will kindly leave your suggestions for suchlike “party records” in the comments section below, your doyenne will be happy to forward them to those lovely Operavore people.


  • 41
    Rowna says:

    my contribution -- judge for yourself:

    • 41.1
      grimoaldo says:

      I would be interested to know, Rowna, why you include that as a “party tape”. Is it the staging or the singing or both?

      • 41.1.1
        Rowna says:

        It is sort of “post” party and since there has been a lot of flap about this production, I thought others who might not have seen this would be interested -- even if it is a stretch!

  • 42
    Rowna says:

    And just in case one parterrian has never seen this, is worth a (gasp) look:

    • 42.1
      Cicciabella says:

      Feather Duster Carmen with Naked Jerky Floppy Guy deserve to make the cut.

      • 42.1.1
        Gualtier M says:

        Okay if you want to hear the “Habanera” sung properly look no further:

        If Oedipe finds Msr. Scholl’s french overly teutonic he can console himself with the Frasquita and Mercedes of Dominique Visse and Pascal Bertin…

  • 43
    grimoaldo says:

    Some thoughts on that clip --
    Nice to hear both verses of “Ah fors e lui”, that is the way it should always be done.
    She sings everything well, high note at the end a little shrieky.
    Hideous wig, horrible dress, tacky jewellery Damrau has on. The director explained:

    “Violetta of today could totally resemble a movie star. A seductive Marilyn Monroe, a bit irrational, beyond any kind of moral judgement.”

    Poor Diana does not come anywhere near resembling “a seductive Marilyn Monroe” there, I don’t know what she looks like, nothing I have ever seen before, a perfectly nice looking lady in real life, I am sure she could have looked attractive in Traviata with some other get up, but that is not it.
    Apparently it is the height of wild indulgence, throw-caution-to-the-winds-and-really-let-yourself-go, to smoke a cigar.

  • 44
    Agnese di Cervia says:

    No tiene precio…

  • 45
    Archaeopteryx says:

    This is one of my favourites:

    It’s completly hilarious and funny, albeit very well sung (I should add that I love this woman). Watch to the end and notice the “embellishments”!

  • 46
    antikitschychick says:

    am very late to the party (como siempre :-P) and have not had a chance to listen to all these fabulous jems but will try to do so pronto!

    Here’s my contribution:

    She is the Regina Assoluta of soulful CAMP in my book :-D.


    No comment necessary :-P.

  • 47
    Krunoslav says:

    OT: Romanian baritone Serban Vasile, two years out of Cardiff, is going on a Ford at the Met tonight.

    Thank Christ we have Cardiff to give Fiend ideas so he wouldn’t have to go and hire Stephen Powell or Dwayne Croft or Todd Thomas or some other mere American for the role!

  • 48
    alejandro says:

    Please . . . Reneigh needs a lifetime achievement award here:

  • 49
    alejandro says:


    And . . .

    • 49.1
      antikitschychick says:

      LUV Amy!!!! May she R.I.P. :-(.
      (BTW did ya’ll see how Charlotte Church recently lashed out at music industry execs? She makes some very cogent points:

      • 49.1.1
        Gualtier M says:

        Thanks for this link Antikitschychick,

        I used to trash Charlotte Church but not after this. She has grown up into a very thoughtful, eloquent and perceptive young woman.

          antikitschychick says:

          you’re welcome and agreed! I def have new found respect for her after reading what she had to say about her experiences and I completely agree with her take on things.

      • 49.1.2
        alejandro says:

        I am so glad she mentioned Madonna the way she did, because I think Madonna’s use of sexual imagery has been grossly misunderstood by her successors. She enraged and provoked people. She was never putting herself out there to be oggled at *granted, she didn’t always succeed . . . half the Sex book is idiotic, for example* I always think about Madonna’s Erotica image, which seemed to be an homage to Dietrich and Fassbender’s Querelle . . . when Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and God knows who else do sex it just looks like something ripped off the cover of a run of the mill porn film. If anything, Madonna picked smart people to work with and style her. Not so with many of the pop tarts who followed.

  • 50
    Chenier631 says:

    Of course, the ultimate “party record” is Cheryl Studer’s
    coloratura arias on the EMI label. Hilarious!!!!!!!