Song to the moon…

“…Moon, high and deep in the sky
Your light sees far,
You travel around the wide world,
and see into people’s homes.

Moon, stand still a while
and tell me where is my dear.
Tell him, silvery moon,
that I am embracing him.
For at least momentarily
let him recall of dreaming of me.
Illuminate him far away,
and tell him, tell him who is waiting for him!
If his human soul is in fact dreaming of me,
may the memory awaken him!
Moonlight, don’t disappear, disappear!”

from Antonin Dvorak’s opera “Rusalka”
Czech and English lyrics found here.
Video Lucia Popp
Beautiful image by John Spade found here.
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My favourite: Dvorak Symphony No.9, “From The New World”-Largo

Love is a rebellious bird…

Habanera, an aria from the opera Carmen composed by Georges Bizet

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When a woman is as equally talented as she is beautiful, it is a lethal combination. Actress, singer and dancer, Dorothy Dandridge held many audiences spellbound by her beauty, but her talent was also undeniable. She was the first African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her leading role in the 1954 movie Carmen Jones.

Image and more information about Dorothy Dandridge can be found here.