Sunday 18 March 2018

Measha Brueggergosman!

It was a frizzling 38 degrees in Sydney today, and yet only a couple of sleeps off the autumnal equinox (madness!), when we went to hear the incredible Canadian soprano, Measha Brueggergosman, at the Sydney Opera House.

Intimate Sunday afternoon recitals in the Utzon Room are a bit of a special treat for Mr Pipistrello and I. A couple of hours in a lovely, light-filled room with picture windows looking over the harbour, a glass of vino, and a surprising variety of talent handpicked by the enthusiastic curator Yarmila Alfonzetti has given us an up-close introduction to some amazing international performers.

Barefoot, in glamorous floor length frocks (yes, there was a costume change!), and sporting a new bleached and cropped 'do, the multilingual Ms B. interspersed folk songs with witty précis, accompanied by Australian pianist Ian Munro.

For the record, my favourite was one of Ravel's Cinq mélodies populaires greques, 'Tout gai!', and perfect for the singer in the shower. Even for a monolinguist such as myself, the lyrics are a snip:

Tout gai! Tout gai! Tout gai! <a few times>
La la la la la la <a few more times>


  1. ...but can she sing as sweetly as Mrs Maggie?

  2. Haha! Well, no wine glasses were harmed during her performance, so maybe?

    Thank you for visiting, stringfingers.


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