In honor of Valentine’s day, I have two lovely arias for you:
First, for the ladies, “Donna non vidi mai“ from Manon Lescaut, sung by the Argentine lyric tenor Marcelo Álvarez (whom I just heard in the Met’s radio broadcast of Tosca). Ladies, imagine you’ve just stepped out of a carriage, and Marcelo has fallen in love with you on sight and is singing this aria for your ears only.
The last is piece is especially for the gentlemen, courtesy of @amzenon. Okay, for everyone. But gents, if Maria Callas can’t melt your stony heart with her renditio of “Porgi amor” on the holiday devoted to romance, then you are a Scrooge. Stand by. Three cupids wielding arrows will be visiting shortly to help you claim your humanity, you heartless guttersnipe.
Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
And the moral of this post is: Opera makes any Valentine’s Day more special!