I have been enjoying Vivica Genaux’s “Tribute to Faustina Bordoni” recording, which the following is from. It caused me to get sucked down a YouTube hole of Genaux singing Hasse arias. Fortunately, I am out from under my massive work rock and can cheerfully spend some time messing around on YouTube with no twinges of conscience. (Though, re: that unbroken succession of ten hour days for two weeks: I have always imagined that there are Real Academics out there who are Truly Dedicated, and that they work like that all the time – to those people: it’s great to be you, but I can’t. I’ll settle for being second rate and watching opera on the weekends.)
I think I’ve been listening to too much 1) Europa Galante and/or 2) Complesso barocco, in that other ensembles’ general vibe, when different, strikes me as – oh, wait, what’s this? Time to mix things up a little.
And it is apparently almost spring – the buds on this tree will explode into bright pink little pollen factories in a week or two! (haha, people with allergies!)