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Tiffany Brannan

“Il faut partir” from La fille du regiment by Gaetano Donizetti.

In this French aria, Tiffany plays Marie, a canteen girl from a Napoleonic era regiment. Marie was a foundling who has been raised by this regiment. However, she has just discovered that a noblewoman is her aunt, so she is forced to leave her beloved regiment and her dozens of “fathers” to live in opulence. She says farewell in this song.

 

“Non disperar” from Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel

This Italian aria is Cleopatra’s first solo in this opera. In this song, she mockingly tells her brother, Ptolemy, that he mustn’t despair. Although she is going to be queen of Egypt, he may be lucky in love.

 

Rebekah Brannan

“One Kiss” from New Moon by Sigmund Romberg

This romantic waltz is from an operetta by the popular Viennese-American composer Sigmund Romberg. New Moon was made into a movie in 1940 with Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. In this movie, Jeanette MacDonald, as Marianne de Beaumanoir, sings this song at a party at her estate in colonial New Orleans. Rebekah’s performance of this timeless song is inspired by the party scene from the 1940 movie.

 

“Ah! Je veux vivre” from Romeo et Juliette by Charles Gounod

This French song is often called “Juliette’s Waltz.” The 14th-century heroine of Shakespeare’s iconic love story sings this song at a masked ball given in her honor. She says that she wants to live joyfully in the time of her youth; however, she wisely acknowledges that youth and happiness do not last forever. This song was sung by Jeanette MacDonald in Rose-Marie from 1936, when she played a Canadian opera singer who performs in Gounod’s opera.

 

These videos are from a recording session at St. Mark’s-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos from March of 2018. Bridget Hough is the pianist.