It’s probably not a secret, if you’ve been reading his blog for a while, that music is something that exists in my life in more than just a passing capacity.
So…Lucia Popp. She was a famous Slovak opera singer who played a whole slew of leading roles, including the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard the Queen of the Night’s aria before. Because you exist. But just in case you don’t exist, this is it. In fact, that is it sung by Lucia Popp.
A mezzo who hit an F6 with perfect clarity. In one of the most famous roles in opera. At the Met. At 28.
Learning things like this kind of makes me want to throw myself from the highest bridge I can find.
Anyway, here she is performing one of my favourite pieces of music, Solvejg’s Song from Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Which is much more mezzo.
Her obit (she died of brain cancer in 1993 at the age of 54) is here.