“best of” countdown #7 – angels singing

(first published February 21, 2010)


Ever heard angels singing? Would you like to while still inhabiting your mortal coil? Me, too. That’s why I’m featuring a YouTube video of “The Flower Duet” from Lakmé by Delibes, sung by Anna Netrebko and Elīna Garanča in this first edition of “Sunday Best.”  Each Sunday, I’ll share with you videos, recordings, lists of song titles, etc., which I consider opera at its best. 

I don’t necessarily think that Netrebko and Garanča sing this selection better than anyone else in the history of recorded opera.  Another beautiful version to listen to, which they often play on WXPN out of Philadelphia, is the duet between Mady Mesplé and Danille Millet. 

Netrebko and Garanča sing it well, and in this version, you can watch them sing, unlike the Mesple version. Netrebko and Garanča are both current stars on the international circuit. Netrebko is married to Erwin Schrott featured earlier in this blog in the post “Opera Guns”–lucky girl. 

I adore this song and so does Vivian, one of the characters in DEVILED BY DON. The New Age, too-politically correct  ketchup heiress likens hearing Delibes’ Flower Duet to hearing angels singing without being in the midst of an astral projection. Perhaps after you watch this video of Netrebko and Garanča, you might, too. 

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