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romantic arias for girls AND boys . . .

Want to listen to some romantic arias, sip some wine, and slip into a private little heaven?

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.

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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!

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And the moral of this post is: Opera makes any Valentine’s Day more special!


Filed under Performers, Video

opera is the new black

Opera glasses are the new cool-to-look-nerdy glasses.

Trouser roles are the new ties for women.

Arabella is the new Adele.

Opera fudge is the new cupcake.

Agrippina is the new Tiger Mother.

Anna Bolena is the new Anne Hathaway.

Sextets are the new sexting.

Manon Lescaut is the new Pop-Tart.

Headdresses are the new giant sculpted bow hats.

Scarpia is the new Voldemort.

Così fan tutte is the new “The Good Wife.”

Il barbiere di Siviglia is the new “Downton Abbey.”

James Valenti is the new James Franco.

Alberich is the new Smeagol.

Don Giovanni is the new Charlie Sheen.

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 What might you add to this list, Operatoonity readers?


Filed under 21st Century Opera, Classic Opera