Mezzo Lights (and others) to get you through the day

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.

Malena Ernman being her fiery and unapologetic feminist activist self (on a side note: I cannot wait to hear her take on the Vivaldi Juditha in 2017!) (also on Twitter)

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’).

Alice Coote being passionate about arts as a means of survival (and being magnificently Alice Coote overall). I made a screenshot of this tweet and named it “but they do!”

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.

And Anna Bonitatibus fits right in!

Also, if Jamie Barton’s subtle Susan B. Anthony championing (and her delight in LEGOs!) don’t make you smile, something is amiss.

And to include at least one soprano: yes, Christine Goerke. And Christine Brewer, too.

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.

13 thoughts on “Mezzo Lights (and others) to get you through the day”

  1. Sarah Connolly being elaborately incensed at large on Twitter is so cathartic and makes me feel better about the world. It’s comfort to see smart people with their heads put on straight (so to speak) being active about things that are important in front of their fanbase. I was already a fan, but then her Twitter feed made me a Forever Fan.

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      1. My cat died on Monday too – not the same as global political turmoil at all, but I am heavily relying on cheer-up aides right now, so thanks for the list! My wife jokes that our poor geriatric kitty knew about the US election results and made her exit early.

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  2. It’s been a week. (ca. 207 more to follow…)
    Today, I saw this, and it made me smile.
    Often, I think about singers in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’ (because they sing, and I don’t), and I try not to look much at their lives beyond the stage.
    But then there are instances like this one, where I are reminded that, in some cases, we belong to the same specific family. And these days, it is especially good and important to see other family members out there, on the stage and off the stage and everywhere.

    P.S. Advocating for Mahler on gloomy November days is probably a little risky right now, but also: this. (and to support a fellow queer: it’s available as mp3 download)

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    1. i dunno, i could use some Mahler 2 turned up really really really loud about now.

      Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n
      wirst du, mein Herz, in einem Nu!
      Was du geschlagen
      zu Gott wird es dich tragen!

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      1. I have a “preceed with caution!” warning when it comes to Mahler in November or I would never leave the bed again. But yes, it might be time to break out this one.

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