Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Florence Foster Jenkins - Famous or Infamous Singer?
She recorded nine songs and arias, which have been re-released on an album titled, "The Glory (????) Of the Human Voice." Perhaps her most famous (or infamous) performance is Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria from the Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote). This aria has some of the highest notes and most demanding passages in the operatic repertoire. Most sopranos would not dare to attempt it, but Florence Foster Jenkins sang it... terribly.
To hear her voice for yourself, check out the recording via Naxos Music Library (log in required from off campus).