Watch and be amused with me. WARNING: Some may find certain sounds offensive. Here is a clip from the Berlin Philharmonic’s performance of György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre (1991) with Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan and Sir Simon Rattle conducting.
0:15 — In her role as Gepopo, the chief of the secret police of Brueghelland, I love how Barbara Hannigan transforms herself from a wholesome yet glamorous, respectable woman to a femme fatale, hysterical crazo.
0:35 — Wow, that is one itchy ear. Or is she playing her head like a theremin?
1:05 — Red alert! The soprano is going haywire!
1:10 — Will her head fall off?
1:12 — Gasp! Sir Simon has had ENOUGH and takes a moment for a spaz break.
1:30 — Babs is obviously embarrassed, but still can’t seem to get a hold of herself.
1:45 — She breaks down and begins chanting what seems to be a curse or is it a tribute to Celine Dion?
2:05 — Nope, she’s just lost it.
Sit tight, no fright. György Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre, is a very cool piece of work. Learn more about it here, in a program note written by Barbara Hannigan.
Step aside Rocky Horror Picture Show, wouldn’t this be great for next Halloween?