Thursday, November 16, 2006

Florence Foster Jenkins sings!

"People may say I can't sing, but no one can ever say I didn't sing."

Florence Foster Jenkins a was wealthy socialite of the early 20th century with a talent for operatic singing comparable to Ed Wood's talent for movie directing or say, George W. Bush's talent for extemporaneous speaking.

And like them, she could not be deterred from her passion.

She gave annual recitals for her friends and acquaintances that became such draws that her final one at Carnegie Hall was sold-out, standing room only, hundreds turned away at the door, and scalpers getting ten times the face value for tickets.

Descriptions of her always seem cruel... until you actually hear her. Listen to Florence perform Mozart's "Queen of the Night" in the YouTube Clip above.

An appreciation of Florence by "Dr. Laura".

A revealing interview with her frequent accompanist "Cosmé McMoon".

1 comment:

Jak said...

That is astoundingly funny...yet painful. Owch!