What happens when the world’s most sought-after tenor teams up with the world’s fastest rising opera star ?
In a gem of a casting bill, Lise Davidsen and Jonas Kaufmann performed a concert version of Act I of Wagner’s Die Walküre live from the Bayerische Staatsoper… and I had a front row seat !
The singers, who were at the top of their game, gave a performance that was as riveting as it was raw. Never once did I espy a break from character and the visual display of the revved up orchestra was a treat on its own. While each participant was exceptional, the real sparkler was Lise Davidsen. By the end of the final duet, my friends and I erupted into living room applause with an uncontrollable flood of “Brava !” And who said opera was boring ?
A summer concert called for summer fare and I knew of the perfect dish: Ina Garten’s Guacamole Salad ! Years ago, my mother would make this recipe and add corn kernels to increase the color, texture, and flavor. The salad’s fresh ingredients are the key: avocadoes, bell peppers, grape tomatoes, red onion, and black beans all tossed in a zingy lime marinade. “How bad can that be ?“
Chris added to the table a plate of select cheeses and fruit and we all dove in with chips and crackers to our summer repast.
Of course, we couldn’t do without our sip of champagne…
Or cookies ! I baked a “No White Flour, No White Sugar” batch of Ina Garten’s Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies, which were probably more addictive than the regular way.
Thinking of a classical music concert brought to mind the solid black attire worn by the orchestra. It’s traditional and very sophisticated. As it so happened, I knew just what I would wear and didn’t have to go any farther than my mother’s closet.
While the dress is beautiful and classy on its own, there’s a greater story behind its black crepe and cutout detail. In 1986, my mother wore this same dress to a Christmas party at a Country Club and for as long as I can remember the photo from the occasion has graced our walls.
It’s clear that my mother’s Christmas dress from the 80’s has stood the test of time. So has Wagnerian opera… and Jonas Kaufmann ! And if the performance at the Bayerische Staatsoper was any indication of future success, Lise Davidsen should be joining the ranks, after a storied career, as one of the great Wagnerians in history.
Toi, Toi, Toi,
Cast and Credits:
Die Walküre (Act I) concert production
Live broadcast date: May 13, 2021
(Date seen: June 14, 2021)
Asher Fisch ─ Conductor
Lise Davidsen ─ Sieglinde
Jonas Kaufmann ─ Siegmund
Georg Zeppenfeld ─ Hunding
10 thoughts on “Lise Davidsen and Jonas Kaufmann Sing “Die Walküre” in Concert”
I love the story about your mother’s dress and that you’ve had the picture of her wearing it all these years. So special that you could wear it!❣️
That dress of your mom’s looks so good on you! Food looks delish too! 😁❤️
Excellent review of a fun afternoon! Hope others will comment.C
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I wanted to let you know that I loved the cookies! They were exceptionally delicious!Will you share the recipe?C
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Coming soon !
Fascinating! I grew up with Wagnerian opera, since my parents starting taking me to it in NYC at age two. Love the black dress you share with your Mom. Could that be “my” black velvet purse in your hand? Blessings, Johanna
Not quite — the purse is my mother’s Whiting and Davis bag, which has since broken its shoulder strap. However, you might be able to spot your gold beaded purse from when I attended Turandot in 2019 ! http://costumeclosetcouture.com/2020/06/08/turandot-2019/
You look amazing, as does your mother in the framed photograph. I love that you find treasures in her closet! So glad the shoes fit and they are of use to you. It is so much fun to go on these journeys with you!