Incidental Music is the title of a new novel by fellow blogger and podcaster Lydia Perovic of Definitely the Opera. The blurb and the launch promise a book that ranges from Budapest in 1956 to contemporary Toronto with opera and somewhat tortuous relationships along the way. I haven’t yet had a chance to read past the first 15 pages yet but those first few pages are totally Lydia and that is a very good thing. I’ll post a proper review when I have finished reading it.
What I did do was attend the launch party at the Gladstone on Tuesday night. It was part of the This is not a Reading series and came in two acts; La Musica and Le Parole. The first was billed as The eventful history of the liaisons between the mezzos and the sopranos and featured four solos and four duets from soprano Erin Badua (last seen in The Threepenny Opera) and mezzo Margaret Bàrdos with Christina Faye on keyboard. The highlights for me included Erin performing Weill’s Je ne t’aime pas. Based on this and her Jenny in 3PO I’d venture that she could do rather well in that particular repertoire and would that there were more chance to hear it! I also liked the duet Pur ti miro from Monteverdi’s Poppea and, perhaps most fun of all, the encore performance of Rossini’s cat duet, surely the ultimate comment on sopranos and mezzos.
The second act featured Lydia “in conversation” with Jim Bartley, as pictured in the regrettably poor iPod photo above. What Lydia had to say was fascinating and I only wish we had had more chance to hear her.
Incidental Music is published by Inanna Publications.