Video evidence that classical singers are just as capable of letting their hair down as the rest of us
Kalman: ‘Heia, in den Bergen ist mein Heimatland’ from Die Csárdásfürstin
Soprano Anna Netrebko has never needed much persuading to get her groove on in the concert hall. But this video, filmed at a Lebanese festival in 2015, is a particularly joyous example of her wild side.
When a soloist of international repute kicks off her shoes, hurls her bouquet into the wings, utters a wild ululation and whirls across the stage (from 1’15), who can blame the audience for going wild too?
Vivaldi: ’Agitata da due venti’ from Griselda
You’d have to have a heart of stone to watch mezzo Cecilia Bartoli perform this effervescent Vivaldi aria without cracking a smile. It’s music that requires phenomenal vocal agility and control as well as a great deal of personality. Luckily, Bartoli has buckets of all three. By the time the orchestra plays her out (from 5’35) she’s fairly brimming over with joy – and so are we.
Johann Strauss II: ‘Mein Herr Marquis’ (Adele’s Laughing Song) from Die Fledermaus
Because when a composer serves you up a high D this glorious, there’s only one thing you can do.
Marie Nicole Lemieux and Philippe Jaroussky
Sances: ’Lagrimosa Beltà’
You know something good is about to happen when a viol player gets the giggles before anyone has even sung a note. Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and contralto Marie Nicole Lemieux are a musical match made in heaven – but they make just as good a comedy double act. We love the way they dolefully send themselves up before breaking out their dance moves.