Gala El Hadidi, Egypt, concert two
Mezzo Gala El Hadidi from Egypt sings Spiel auf deiner Geige das Lied von Leid und Lust (Venus in Seide) by Stolz from BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, concert two.
About the music: ‘Venus in Silk’ is an operetta written by the Austrian composer and conductor Robert Stolz, first performed in 1932. The action opens at a carnival ball given by the beautiful widow, Princess Jadja, whose inheritance from her Hungarian prince husband is in dispute. She sings a nostalgic song from her Polish homeland – ‘Play on your violin the song of pain and pleasure’ – which unsurprisingly has a featured solo violin part