Opera singers having the time of their lives


Warning: may induce hazardous levels of joy

Video evidence that classical singers are just as capable of letting their hair down as the rest of us

Anna Netrebko

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?

Cecilia Bartoli

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.

Sirkka Lampimäki

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.

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