Sara Duchovnay is a wonderful young coloratura soprano who for some time shared the same voice teacher as I, the lovely Suzanne DuPlantis. Sara just built a nice website for herself: check it out at http://saraduchovnay.com.
Let’s spend a quite moment remembering the fabulous Australian soprano Joan Sutherland, who just died. Hat tip to Joyce DiDonato on Twitter (@JoyceDiDonato) who brought this to my attention and also posted this link to a fantastic performance by Dame Joan of Sempre Libera. Oh wait, that’s not a “quiet” moment, but it certainly is appropriate.
UPDATE: and here is a link to the same aria as performed in 1965. The tenor in the background is one Luciano Pavarotti.