Friday, 23 October 2009

The Flower Duet



And this is how I ended the day (and the week), sitting in a dimly lit room, a glass of Cognac in hand..
I prepared a lengthy post about this opera and the various Acts. But it got deleted by mistake and I was so miffed that I thought I'd just direct everyone to Wikipedia, well, thats if you don't already know about the opera and what is written about it on there...

Have a great weekend everyone.. :)

10 comments:

Anengiyefa said...

I really love this piece of music. It was my introduction to opera. Its haunting and enchanting at the same time..lol, two very different words.. :)

Anonymous said...

I dont know jack about opera but this number is so beautiful whenever I hear it I want to listen to it over and obver. Thanks

Anengiyefa said...

Hello Anonymous, yes I agree. I'd always had a fleeting knowledge of it but the British Airways adverts made it more popular. Dame Joan Sutherland was good in this particular performance, although every time "Vien Mallika" is well presented, it absolutely wonderful. Thanks for your comment. :)

Mo said...

I love 'Lakme'. Too bad Delibes was a one-hit wonder. I wish more of his work was in the general regularly-performed repertoire.

My absolute favorite Lakme has to be Natalie Dessay but my favorite rendition of 'Viens Malika' is by Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne. Their voices gel so wonderfully!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gevL8THY2Q (the less said about the dresses, the better. Hehe!)

Anengiyefa said...

Hi Mo, lol, I saw Joan Sutherland and Marilyn Horne and I too thought that their voices together were to die for...But Dame Sutherland's dramatisation of the opera with Huguette Tourangeau I thought would be more interestting to watch.

Besides, as you rightly pointed out, those dresses from 1979 were not exactly begging to be displayed in a 21st Century blog post.

Btw, thanks so much for stopping by. I see an opera blog on your profile and I'll be checking it out.. :)

Mo said...

Interesting, I've never heard of her. Wikipedia tells me she has a 1976 recording out (with Sutherland & Bonygne) It shall be hunted down!

Do feel free to check out my hugely-popular (hehe) opera blo.

Cheers!

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Anengiyefa said...

Hi Mo, I did check out your blog and I agree, its "hugely-popular", lol. Checking out your blog caused me to look up the word 'aficionado' in the dictionary...just to be sure what it means, hehe.

Mme Tourangeau is a French-Canadian mezzo-soprano. Marilyn Horne though would be my choice if I was to choose between them two.. :)

Steve said...

I absolutely love this piece of music too. I might upset some people but hearing sopranos music before used to irritate me. But this is extraordinary... just delightful to listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpT7pK9A61A

Anengiyefa said...

Hi Steve, welcome to this blog. Yes I agree. I've even heard someone speculate that this is perhaps the best piece of music ever written.

I'd seen that video of Elina Garanca and Ana Netrebko and I thought their voices together were absolutely superb. Thanks again. :)