Sound and Clouds and Thunder (36)

[Katarina Bradič (Bradamante) in Handel's "Alcina", Aix-en-Provence 2015. – Clip with thanks to Helmut Fischer]

This week in "What did he do now?!" (and if it only were just one thing, and not several again!)

Perhaps this is a timely moment – transatlantically – to remember who Bradamante actually is, going back to Ariosto's 1516 first edition of the "Orlando Furioso". Bradamante is not, foremost, a jealous lover. Bradamante is a warrior maiden, which, if you look at the actual text, and at the later libretti it inspired, can mean a variety of things.

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Sound and Clouds and Thunder (35)

[Women banding together (also, wearing armor) and getting sh*t done, including caring for each other across class ranks and providing for the next generation: sign me up. Jessye Norman (Sieglinde) with “O hehrstes Wunder” from Wagner’s “Die Walküre”, New York/Met 1989. – Clip with thanks to jaason53]

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Sound and Clouds and Thunder (34)

[In time for summer festival season, French contraltos at French Summer festivals. Delphine Galou with “Venti, turbini” from Handel’s “Rinaldo”, Festival Polignac 2012. – Clips with thanks to the wonderful Gudrun74]

Arm my arms against those who have hurt me.

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