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This week on the Music Post, we listen to one of Mozart's most popular (with good reason!) opera numbers, and talk about how his operas fit in with the rest of his compositions, and how opera fits in to our musical culture today.
If you don't want to spoil the surprise of who's singing, don't follow the links below until you've listened! Here are, in order of their appearance in the episode, links to each of the recordings played First Verdi excerpt, second Verdi excerpt,first Mozart excerpt (not available for streaming as far as I could find), and second Mozart excerpt
There's one singer for whom I had some pretty, um, not-so-complimentary words in the episode. I've listened to a few more performances of hers, and maybe I was too harsh in my initial judgment. But I still think way too many singers sing like her.Go be the judge for yourself!