Snowy blast from the past: Music for the approaching blizzard
Here we are again, under threat of the White Death, people frantically stocking up on milk and toilet paper (there's got to be a severe, mid-Atlantic shortage of that stuff by now), canceling or postponing events before the first flake even falls from the sky. Ain't it grand?
Speaking of grand, I figured this would be a good time to seek out another of my universally acclaimed, blog numbers-busting blasts from the past -- this time related to snow, of course. And that made me think of grand opera.
I couldn't find a clip of the avalanche scene in Catalani's "La Wally" or the atmospheric snowy opening to the third act of "La boheme," but the end that third act from Puccini's gem should work as well. I think you'll find a 1979 snippet from La Scala worth a look and listen, since it features the radiant soprano Ileana Cotrubas, giga-star tenor Luciano Pavarotti and sublime conductor Carlos Kleiber.
And maybe this lovely, snow-flecked glimmer from the not-so-distant past will help calm your nerves as blizzard hysteria rises around you: