Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Jessye Norman, 1945 - 2019

I really have nothing to add to the cascade of tributes these last few days. Instead, while her Strauss and Wagner are getting plenty of social media airtime, I thought I'd post a bit of her Carmen documentary. She took a lot of critical heat for this project at the time -- her involvement with the role upset the gatekeepers -- but I like this clip (and the doc in general) because it shows her exercising her tremendous art in the less-guarded environs of the recording studio...which is to say, having fun.

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