Once more the week’s Youtube offerings show that digital works best when it’s “made for digital”. Who’d a thunk it eh! Anyway there’s very watchable new content on Youtube from Alexander Hajek, Opera Revue and Domoney Artists. Best of all though is a new short film called Sempra Libera from Carsen Gilmore and the very good soprano Michelle Drever. If you like the look and feel of Morte you’ll love this. It’s really dark. It’s the grimmest take on Violetta I’ve seen; Natalie Dessay included!
I just watched the first in a projected series of “aria films” by Carson Gilmore. The first one features Morte col fiero aspetto from Hasse’s Marc’Antonio e Cleopatra. It features the rather impressive British mezzo Rachel Labovitch and it’s rather dark and disturbing. My sort of thing!
In other news the COC has announced a series of “solo spotlights” with some members of the COC orchestra. The first one is on December 15th with Marie Bédard. All the details are here.