Gratuitousness

Gratuitous Friday started as a whimsical approach to the blog tagline. The goal was to get singer names onto the blog—and have something to post in between the “real” reviews. 

Then I realized that these posts featuring a single aria or duet are a way to introduce music, a singer, a production, and/or a performance that the reader might not come across in the course of casual web surfing. Here is an index by artist of our gratuitous—and not-so-gratuitous—posts. (Clips that are associated with full opera reviews are not listed here.)


Unfortunately some (many) of the clips referenced at Regie, or Not Regie? are no longer available. Many clips on YT have a lifespan not much longer than that of a fruit fly. As time goes on, I am endeavoring to replace the "disappeared" clips. If you find a dead link that you know has an alternate source, please let me know! Thanks.  


John Mark Ainsley
Handel – Semele: Where'er You Walk

Roberto Alagna


Emöke Barath
Cavalli – Elena: Duet

Valer Barna-Sabadus
Cavalli – Elena: Duet

Kathleen Battle


Barbara Bonney

Pavol Breslik


Michael Chance
Handel – Rodelinda: Io T'abbraccio (with Dorothea Röschmann)

Sarah Connolly
Purcell – Dido and Aeneas: When I am laid in earth

Ileana Cortrubas

Stephen Costello
Heggie – Moby Dick: Human Madness

Richard Croft

Edwin Crossley-Mercer
Beethoven: Elegy auf den Tod eines Pudels

Hugues Cuénod


Lisa della Casa
R. Strauss – Arabella: Aber der Richtige

Danielle de Niese


Joyce DiDonato


Werner Güra
Schubert: Ganymed

Alison Hagley



Anja Harteros


Gundula Janowitz

Philippe Jaroussky

Gwyneth Jones


Joseph Kaiser
Tchaikovsky – Eugene Onegin: Kuda, Kuda

Simon Keenlyside



Emily Magee

Tim Mead
Jay Hunter Morris

Elena Mosuc

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Lehar – Die Lustige Witwe: Lippen Schweigen (with Martin Mitteruntzer)
R. Strauss – Arabella: Aber der Richtige (with Anja Harteros)

Regula Mühlemann
Scarlatti: Rompe Sprezza

Anna Netrebko
Liliana Nikiteanu

Jessye Norman
Anne Sofie von Otter

Stéphanie d'Oustrac
Lehar – Die Lustige Witwe: Lippen Schweigen (in French; with Philippe Do)
Offenbach – Tales of Hoffman: Belle nuit (with Anne Sofie von Otter)
Rossini – Barber of Seville: Dunque io son, tu non m'ingani (with Thomas Dolie)

Miah Persson


Lucia Popp
Johan Reuter

Nuria Rial


Anneliese Rothenberger

Christine Schäfer
Brahms – German Requiem: Ihr habt nur Traurigkeit

Helene Schneiderman


Erik Stoklossa



José Van Dam


Rolando Villazón

Michael Volle

Anke Vondung

Erin Wall 

Markus Werba
Schubert – Der Einsame

Roger Widmer

updated to 12/13/2016

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