Episode 171. November Birthday Gals

Episode 171. November Birthday Gals



Lucia Popp

Tomorrow morning I leave for three weeks and I’ve been desperately trying to come up with topics that would be a bit easier to produce while I’m away. What could be easier than birthdays for this month and next? Well… leave it to your intrepid producer to make that as complicated as it could be. But there’s a good reason: so many exceptional singers have birthdays this month and next! In fact, November is so chock full of such artists that I decided to focus exclusively on the Birthday Girls. And what a lineup! Iconic divas like Joan Sutherland and Victoria de los Ángeles; tragically short-lived singers like Saramae Endich and the beloved Lucia Popp; forgotten artists like Kjerstin Dellert, Caterina Mancini, and Geneviève Touraine; exceptional Black artists like Barbara Hendricks and Marietta Simpson: all are represented. And let’s not forget the pop divas, both celebrated (Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt), and less well-remembered (Chi Coltrane, Bonnie Bramlett). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. So lift a glass, cut a piece of Geburtstagkuchen, and tune in to Countermelody in celebration of these exceptional women!


Joaquín Valverde Sanjuán, José Juan Cadenas: Clavelitos. Victoria de los Ángeles, Gerald Moore [1949]

Jacques Offenbach, Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halévy. Autrefois plus d’un amant (La vie parisienne). Barbara Hendricks, Lawrence Foster, Philharmonia Orchestra [1992]

Emmerich Kálmán, Julius Brammer, Alfred Grünwald: Sag’ ja, mein Lieb, sag’ ja (Gräfin Mariza). Saramae Endich, André Kostelanetz and His Orchestra [1968]

Louis Spohr, Jean François Marmontel, Johann Jacob Ihlee [unknown Italian translator]: Candida rosa [Ros’, wie bist du reizend und mild] (Zemira and Azor). Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge [1958]

Giuseppe Verdi, Salvatore Cammarano: Quante volte come un dono (La battaglia di Legnano). Caterina Mancini, Fernando Previtali, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma della RAI [1951]

Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Erik Lindegren [after Harry Martinson]: Doon nain i dorismon fey vanni geyn (Aniara). Kjerstin Dellert, Werner Janssen, Orchestra and Chorus of the Wiener Volksoper [1960]

Yours truly, Marietta Simpson, and Derek Lee Ragin, Giulio Cesare, Minnesota Opera, 1993

Johann Sebastian Bach: Esurientes implevit bonus (Magnificat, BWV 243). Marietta Simpson, Robert Shaw, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra [1989]

Felix Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine: Neue Liebe, Op. 19/4. Maria Stader, Karl Engel [1958]

Franz Schreker, Dora Leen: Rosentod, Op. 7/5. Lucia Popp, Irwin Gage [1991]

William Walton, William Wordsworth: Glide Gently (A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table). Yvonne Kenny, Malcolm Martineau [1992]

Ned Rorem, Theodore Roethke: The Apparition (Poems of Love and the Rain). Beverly Wolff, Ned Rorem [1969] (A memorial episode on Ned Rorem [23 October 1923 – 18 November 2022] will be published next week.)

Olivier Messiaen: La ville qui dormait, toi (Harawi). Michèle Command, Marie-Madeleine Petit [1978]

Francis Poulenc, Federico García Lorca: L’enfant muet (Trois Chansons de Federico García Lorca, FP 136/1). Geneviève Touraine, Francis Poulenc [1955]

Zoltán Kodály, Aranka Bálint: Nausikaa. Julia Hamari, Emmi Varasdy [1965]

Traditional Hungarian, arr. Zoltán Kodály: Szomoru fuzlanak [The weeping willow] (Magyar népzene [Hungarian Folk Music], No. 9]). Mária Basilides, Béla Bartók [1928]

Maurice Ravel: Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis (Trois Chansons, M 69a/2). Pierrette Alarie, Allen Rogers [1958]

Chi Coltrane: Fly Away Bluebird [1973]

Leon Russell, Bonnie Bramlett: Groupie (Superstar). Delaney & Bonnie & Friends [1972]

Sylvester Stewart: I Want to Take You Higher. Tina Turner, Ike Turner, The Ikettes [1970]

André Previn, Dory Langdon Previn: Theme from The Valley of the Dolls. kd lang [1997]

Joni Mitchell: A Case of You [1971]

John Prine: Angel from Montgomery. Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne [live Los Angeles 02 March 2022]

Henry Bishop, John Howard Payne: Home, Sweet Home (Clari). Amelita Galli-Curci, Orchestra conducted by Josef Pasternack [1917]

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