March 18, 2010

'Se Pieta'

I remember hearing an interview with Beverly Sills on NPR. As usual, she had a lot of wonderful insights about opera and singing and life in general. About her own stardom, though, she said something I have thought of frequently. "I always had a theory that people became a superstar because they could do one thing better than anybody else in the world," she said. "I think there was an aria in Julius Caesar called Se Pieta, and I used to think I sung that aria better than anybody." Having grown up loving her virtuosity and high E's, I was surprised that she didn't pick something like Una voce poco fa from the the Barber of Seville.

Since then, I've wondered if there was anything I could lay claim to as my special talent, or if there was a piece that I was especially good at. Do any of you have a piece that you never tire of performing; one that you know is especially suited for you, even if it was written hundreds of years ago?

1 comment:

Tawna said...

Debussy's La plus que lent. I have listened to recordings of Debussy himself, and thought that I play it better than even him. It's not a tremendously hard piece, but I do it beautifully. I think it might become my signature piece.