Listening to Monserrat Caballé singing É strano..Follie!…and Sempre libra degg’io. With Carlo Bergonzi!! La Traviata was the very first opera I watched (on VHS… second was probably Norma. What a shame I didn’t collect opera VHS’s while my parents were SELLING them! What a shame I didn’t get into opera when I was younger..) and is one of my favourite operas. I love Verdi.

And I love this 1964 recording of Vissi d’arte.. this and Caro nome are my two very very favourite Verdi arias. Her voice glows with such resilience, power and warmth. Aw.

Er, I should do some German homework.