[Since thadieu bemoaned the lack of Petibon on our summer schedules: Here, have some sufficiently queer Bernstein meanwhile. – Patricia Petibon with “Glitter And Be Gay” from Bernstein’s “Candide”, Royan 2015.]
While I’m not too fond of the mic/subsequent sound distortion here, it’s still a good clip to see what someone *does* with a showpiece. “Glitter And Be Gay” is kind of my litmus test for intelligence in coloratura sopranos (the French tend to beat out everyone else).
It’s a high camp piece with a sentimental core and it begs to have *something* done with it, other than show off stratospheric coloratura skills. The queerer (in a sense of ‘strange’, for once), the better!
(I actually play this for classes when we touch interpretation issues: usually Dessay vs. a somewhat more ‘sparkly box of chocolates’ approach. – Next time, I might have to expand to Petibon in the plus column!)