Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Handel Day!!

A staple growing up in my home:



As "tired" as some may get of the "Messiah", it is undeniably a work of pure genius. I never get tired of it (and actually miss singing it!) Even if this was the only work he gave the world, he would have gone down in history. Instead - he gave us this, and so much more. How much richer my life is for having had the opportunity to sing and listen to so many of his works.

And for the lighter side:



And for the personal side, with a BIG shout out to Ralf Pleger, director extraordinaire:



Off to my debut, now!

10 comments:

Jakob said...

Oh yeah, you are ravishing as Cuzzoni!!! Maybe one day Hollywood disovers you!!

Pablo Ordás said...

BREAK A LEG!!

Kim said...

Good luck tonight! You're going to be fantastic.

It must be so amazing to sing at the Vienna State Opera House. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Mei said...

So you played la Cuzzoni... Great choice...!

j said...

and what a debut it turned out to be! thank you for a wonderful, and stunning performance of Rosina!

marcillac said...

Eh...it would seem that we're at the point where it is the WSO which needed an appearance by Joyce as a notch in its belt. Still, I suspect j is correct in her assessment and if thats the case it is that much more remarkable that you pulled it of under the rather infelicitous repertory circumstances you noted yesterday. (I'm pretty sure you didn't explicitly offer a critique but that seems a pretty difficult situation and I've heard enough routine mediocraty in Vienna to realize its no small accomplishment. Seems the "bad philosophy" helped.) Congratulations!!!!

Sarah said...

Was this the Handel project you mentioned awhile ago? And was that Donna Leon speaking? That was fascinating! I'm hoping you will still be singing some Handel stateside (even though I see you are adding other new roles and composers) - that last clip led to another one which must be part of your Furore tour with Les Talens Lyriques. Stunning!

Dolcevita said...

Joyce, hope you're enjoying every second of it ;)

For all the bloggers out there, there's a brilliant new article in the NYT about Joyce. Enjoy!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/arts/music/03ames.html

Gi said...

Joyce, where and when do we get to see this Handel movie?
I've been listening to Alcina and loving it :-)

Gerald said...

Congratulations, Joyce, for this quite unexpected upcoming debut at the prestigious Salzburg Festival!!! Lucky you, lucky them!!! It is going to be Handel celebration at his best! GREAT!!!