Thursday, December 27, 2012

Elīna Garanča Sings Ave Maria (no, not THAT one)

I almost skipped this one, thinking: oh boy, another Ave Maria. But not reading the fine print, and wondering if it were the Gounod or the Schubert, and loving Elīna Garanča's voice, I clicked. (Elīna Garanča is of course, the beautiful Latvian mezzo-soprano known for her many stage roles, including Carmen, La Ceneterola, Dorabella, and Sesto.)

This is gorgeous: it's a Spanish setting, that is almost pop or broadway-opera-crossover. Ave Maria, while a prayer to the Virgin Mary, is not really a Christmas text, but it crops up a lot at this time of year, and it is about Jesus' mom. This is from the same Viennese concert as the Genia Kühmeier clip. 

Garanča sings Ave Maria by William Gomez.

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