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Vivica Genaux: In Studio

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux has made Venice, Italy her home for some years now but she grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska. There she found that the harsh climate made her naturally suited to playing men on the opera stage and she has specialized in so-called trouser roles throughout her career.

Genaux joins us to talk about musical androgyny and her latest album Pyrotechnics, and to perform live in the studio.

The Playlist:
1. "Come in vano il mare irato" (from Catone in Utica)
2. Live Performance:"Berceuse cosaque"
3. Live Performance:"Madrid"
4. "Agitata Da Due Venti"


Vivica Genaux

Comments [5]


Ms. Genaux asserts that "Berceuse cosaque" is a man's song. That's unclear, however, from the text, at least in the French translation (the original Russian is by the poet Lermontov), and I believe that she's mistaken in her view that the song is to be sung from the point of view of a Cossack warrior. Like virtually all berceuses, this one, too, is most likely sung by the mother to her child.

Aug. 12 2010 01:11 PM

Way deep love in a manner unfathomable by any human attribute of the borrowing minded who extrude lingual offal in a textual suborder scratched out like a broad-headed bug in disturbance.
You are a such a delight to hear, I didn't understand a word, but felt each enunciation within the exact nature an amazing beautiful flight lightens with tender care in the perfect moment.

Aug. 11 2010 03:56 PM
Sherman L. Greene from Upper West Side

Mr. Forrest,

Your interview with Vivica Genaux was utterly delightful. I'm a fan of both of you (a *huge* fan of hers), but I got a vicarious thrill from the warmth between you.

Aug. 11 2010 03:10 PM
Mary from Montclair, NJ

Loved the soprano. I think you should take a look at what Artis Wodehouse is doing these days with toy pianos and do a show on this creative artist.!

Aug. 11 2010 03:02 PM

opera sux. this music makes me want to have diarrhea it's too nervous. you're torturing many cats in the tri state area

Aug. 11 2010 02:40 PM

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