I'm going to pay tribute to the great Regina Resnik today. on the occasion of her birthday, not with an aria but with what is to me one her greatest achievements - Klytemnaestra's hysterical exit from Richard Strauss' Elektra.
No-one else on disc quite manages this scene quite like La Resnik and as a teenager I was captivated by her portrayal and still am. It's from a bygone age unfortunately and one I like to revisit often.
By the way, over the years I've done quite a few paintings based on Strauss' incredible opera and now there is a gallery devoted entirely to them, check it out.
Of course, there was a time when Regina Resnik was singing soprano roles, and to great acclaim. Here we have Act 1 of Die Walkure from Bayreuth in 1953, Resnik was Sieglinde, Ramon Vinay was Siegmund and Josef Greindl was Hunding, Clemens Krauss conducting. She makes a wondrous Sieglinde, the favourite in my current collection. Have a great weekend.