A Christmas remembrance of elegant soprano Lisa della Casa
The opera world lost another extraordinary artist this week with the death Monday of the radiant, Swiss soprano Lisa della Casa at the age of 93.
She was most celebrated for her superb interpretations of Mozart and Strauss, and if you have never heard her portrayal of the Countess in "The Marriage of Figaro" or the Marschallin in "Der Rosenkavlier," not to mention the title role of "Arabella," you must promise me you will correct that soon. And don't forget her poignant account of Strauss' Four Last Songs -- still in a class by itself.
Lisa dalla Casa sang a lot more in her career, leaving an elegant mark on everything, including the Christmas music she performed on this 1960s TV show (many thanks to "coloraturafan" for uploading it to YouTube).
It's a beautiful example of her disarming artistry, and a fitting way to remember her at this time of year. Even folks usually resistant to Christmas music are likely to find themselves entranced: