So here are the results of my recording session last week.
In this aria, Elvira sings about how goddamn happy she is that she’s about to marry Arturo (the man she loves) as opposed to the creepy Riccardo (who her father wanted her to marry). She playfully tosses her wedding veil onto the condemned queen’s head, then skips away. This veil allows Arturo to help the queen escape.
After being left at the altar when Arturo rescued the queen, Elvira goes mad. In this scene she alternates between singing about how horribly unhappy she is and hallucinating that Arturo is with her and they’re about to get married.
I think they turned out OK. Of course you listen to them and think, “Damn, I could have done [long list of things] better,” but it’s always like that.
Many thanks to Paul Talbott for his mad recording skills, and Michael Rose for his beautiful piano accompaniment.
Oh, and…adding this because I must…these tracks released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial licence by Kristin Mueller-Heaslip, May 12, 2010. Feel free to download, repost, tell your friends, etc., but don’t charge any money for it, and make sure you attribute them to me and link back to this post/kristinmh.com.