This post does not have a pretty picture. It’s a post about words.
Music and singing and listening to both of those can get us through many things, but today, I want to thank a few mezzos (and a few others) not just for giving us solace and courage through their interpretations of music, but also through their words.
In the light of the U.S. election results, many of the artists whose work I hold dear (and who may depend on largely conservative supporter bases to put food on their table) chose not to say anything political or divise on their social media outlets, if they keep any. I can understand that. ‘No politics in polite company’, grandma always used to say.
That said, I am immensely grateful for the voices that have spoken up, in written word this time, and continue to speak up, and offer comfort and a sense of community in these days of growing fear.
In no particular order, if you’d like a smile or feel less alone today, check out the following:
Joyce DiDonato trying to shine a light on FB. We may never have needed an attitude as DiDonato’s as much as in these days.
Tara Erraught taking a stand for all the girls, via Hillary (and Tara Erraught’s Twitter likes in general just make me want to invite her for beer, and cheer on her performances even more. Such integrity!)
Anne Sofie von Otter, because it bears repeating and because Anne Sofie von Otter. Listen to your regent, mezzo fandom. Your very democratic, very modest, very lucid regent (because she would likely scoff at ‘queen’).
Sarah Connolly sending her regrets, and being elaborately incensed at large (also, rocking ENO as Countess Geschwitz as of last night (yes, you absolutely want to follow that link)).
The entire timeline of Jennifer Johnston is a fiery balm on par with a really good and strong Irish Coffee.
Also, if Jamie Barton’s subtle Susan B. Anthony championing (and her delight in LEGOs!) don’t make you smile, something is amiss.
And in tenors: Rolando Villazón. And in conductors: Alondra de la Parra may sum it up best, also expressed in the words of Pablo Casals, via Nathan Whittaker, musician himself. Or in the poignant words of pianist Igor Levit.
(and this is not related to mezzos, but it sure put a kick in my step this morning)
Please add your own finds in the comments – I appreciate all the dots of light I can find today, and beyond today.