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Dr, von Lyric introduces Hagar's Lament

Jan 23, 2013 2:59:00 PM
By BLO Staff

"I was chatting with my BLO friend John Conklin and he mentioned that yesterday was the first day of rehearsal for the BLO Annex production of James MacMillan's CLEMENCY. They were working on the Schubert song that is being performed with the MacMillan - an early song of his  that I was not familiar with. As usual YouTube provided an answer (see below)... and  furthermore it  occurred to me that we could in future weeks have great pleasure in  further tracking down and listening to some other great Schubert performances. In the BLO performance the role of Hagar is to be sung by one of their impressive Emerging Artists - the ever powerful soprano Michelle Trainor. As a matter of fact I attended the recent BLO Signature Series event at the MFA and heard Michelle eloquently sing a brief excerpt from the Schubert as well as a tantalizing bit of Strauss' SALOME (how grippingly intimate it was to hear SALOME in English... with the unexpected clarity of a piano reduction and in a relatively small hall , she seems to be whispering her "depravities" directly  into your horrified but fascinated  ears.)" - Dr. von Lyric

For an English translation of Hagar's Lament click here

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