Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau singing Schumann’s “Du bist wie eine Blume.” So soft, simple, plaintive and beautiful.
Schubert: “Gretchen am spinnrade”, op.2, D.118 - Kiri Te Kanawa. See what I mean? It’s gorgeous, but so frickin’ high. I love the piano part mimicking the spinning wheel.
Note from a music minor: Schubert didn’t compose opera - I imagine that’s a book of his lieder. He’s one of the composers who died before completing a 10th Symphony. Poor guy had syphilis, and died from complications thereof. I wrote a short paper on his “Gretchen am Spinnrade” in college; it’s an amazing work that I could never sing (since I’m just a mezzo). via lileks:
Yolanda Betbeze, 1951 Miss America. She declined to appear in swimwear for publicity photos afterwards; the swimsuit sponsor pulled out of the pageant in protest and set up the Miss USA contest. (They crowned a new Miss USA last night, which is why I bring this up.) That’s Schubert sheet music - she sang opera. She was also a pal of Joe DiMaggio.