Let’s hope so.
I found out today, from my favorite source NPR, that Abraham Lincoln was an opera fan and that he had the Friedrich von Flowtow opera Martha performed at the second inauguration. Find that story here.
Below is a clip of one of my favorite tenors Fritz Wunderlich performing the aria “Ach, so fromm, ach so traut” from Martha. And, even if it weren’t President’s Day, any day would be a good one to listen to Fritz Wunderlich.
If you’ve ever listened to NPR for any extended period of time, you may have heard their series “This I Believe”. Listeners send in their essays on what they believe, and, if they are chose, they may read those essays aloud on the air. I have personally found many of these very moving and have thought about writing my own, but I always get about halfway done and wonder…do I really believe this?
Well, Brian Eno has written one about singing. Here it is. And he makes some big claims for singing! His essay is fun and maybe it will be an helpful inspiration to anyone who has thought about starting a singing group.
If you listen and have any thoughts, I would love to hear them.
Music critic, pianist, and author is taking questions at the New York Times website. Several questions and answers have been published, and they have been thoughtful and thought-provoking. I encourage anyone interested in classical music to give this a few minutes to read over.
Today is Felix Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday.
We singers can thank him for two oratorios St. Paul and Elijah, a number of songs, and the revival of interest in J.S. Bach’s music partially due to Mendelssohn’s revival of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
Here’s a New York Times review of on Mendelssohn’s “Liederbuch für Cécile” along with a bit of history about the cycle. Performers are soprano Ying Huang and Thomas Bagwell on piano.