Friday Fun Stuff

I LOVE this video, taken in a market in Valencia, Spain. Just watch the faces of the shoppers. I wish this sort of thing would happen in my local supermarket. I could’ve used a little champagne and waltzing when I did this week’s grocery shopping.

The singers are professionals, although the acoustics in that huge market hall aren’t great. If you want to hear these two duets from Verdi’s La Traviata performed with decent sound, check out these videos, one from a modern production and one from a traditional staging.

“Parigi, o cara” is from Act III of the opera. Alfredo has returned to his love Violetta after a misunderstanding drove him away. Now, as she’s dying of tuberculosis, they imagine a better life together. Singers are Rolando Villazon and Anna Netrebko from a 2005 performance in Salzburg, Austria.

And, from Act I, what may be the best drinking song EVER, the Brindisi. Here it’s performed by Placido Domingo and Teresa Stratas in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1982 film of the opera.

And on that note, have a fun weekend! (Don’t forget to visit me at Deadline Dames tomorrow, when I’ll be Dame for a Day.)


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