Well, yours truly is in a good mood today. (Basically, there is a thing that I have to do to get tenure, and I was unsure whether I would be able to do the thing, but I now have reason to believe that I can do the thing, which makes me feel a whole lot better. Even though I have not yet done the thing. This is a blog about music and not a blog about EarwormOpera’s Very Interesting Job, so the details are probably not necessary, although when I reread the foregoing few sentences it sounds like I’m steeling myself to perform animal sacrifice or something, which rest assured I am not – I teach at a state school, not an Ivy.)
So as noted, feeling very cheerful. The perfect mood for a round or two with Strauss’s Salome! The version I’ve got is from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, performed in 1990, with Catherine Malfitano in the title role. I also have a recording from 1998 of Scarlatti’s oratorio Il Primo Omicidio by René Jacobs and the Akademie für alte Musik that I’ve heard before but not bought until now, so I’m looking forward to that too.