A Thing or Two About a Tune or Two: Let’s Duet

Photo Credit: Kelly & Massa Photography/Opera Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Kelly & Massa Photography/Opera Philadelphia


Bugs and Elmer

Sometimes “Oye, mami” and ” ‘sup, boo” just won’t cut it. And even a Ryan Gosling “Hey, girl” will get you nowhere.

What is to be done when you have all but exhausted your coquettish charm? Why unite in glorious song, of course!

Singing is sexy and lovers love to sing. From the wanton tragedies of many a fool have burst forth moving and marvelous melodies, which is what we celebrate on this Valentine’s Day. Grab your favorite hunny and make some sweet music.

Ryan Gosling - Let's Duet

The greats take on “O soave fanciulla” from La Boheme

Oh! Il Signore vi Manda

“O sink hernieder, Nacht der Liebe” from Tristan und Isolde

“Parle-moi de ma mere” from Carmen

Love Duet from Madame Butterfly

C’est toi!” “C’est moi!” from Carmen

The brilliant Renée Fleming takes on the “Love Duet” from La Traviata

“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni

“Pur ti riveggo, mia dolce Aida…Fuggiam gli ardori inospiti” from Aida

Two of my favorites singing “Tonight” from West Side Story

And the original

“If I Loved You” from Carousel, a sappy but lovely song.

“People Will Say We’re In Love” from Oklahoma

I’ll always be a sucker for “Suddenly Seymour” from Little Shop of Horrors. Although intended to be sung as a duet, it’s my go-to shower solo. I like to sing all the parts.

And finally,”Let’s Duet”, for those who prefer a less subtle amorous message.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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