Che farò senza Euridice

Remember the 2011 Norway attacks: Music for comfort and hope

Five years have passed since the two terrible sequential terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011 known as “The 2011 Norway attacks”, in Norway just as “22 July” (“22. juli”). The lone wolf terrorist killed 77 persons an injured over four times as many.

I haven’t really got anything to add to what’s been said before during the last five years. You come to a point were there’s no words left. It’s all been said before, and even better by others. The important thing is to remember those who died, to honour their legacy, and to never let this happen again. To anybody.

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All I can offer here is music. I strongly believe in the power of music. Music can express love, loss, longing, anger and despair. Music can comfort, help and heal. Music can give people strength and hope.

The days, weeks and months that followed the 2011 attacks really showed the world the strengths of Norwegian society. It also showed that music really can give comfort and hope to people. The terrible facts remain: 77 lives are gone forever, mostly young people. Just starting out on their life’s journey. That’s still so hard to comprehend, even today.

If music can give some comfort and hope to somebody out there struggling I offer five beautiful arias, the first three sung by Pavarotti and the last two sung by the countertenor David Hansen:

  • “Caro mio ben” by Giordani
  • “Che farò senza Euridice” from “Orfeo e Euridice” by Gluck
  • “O figli miei … Ah, la paterna mano” from “Macbeth# by Verdi
  • “Ombra mai fu” from “Serse” by Handel
  • “When I am laid in earth” from “Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell

The photo above is from the Oslo government quarter where the 2011 attacks started. The H block (the tallest building) was housing the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Justice and the Police (the lowest building is the Y block). The photo is taken in August 2011, under a month after the attacks.

Never forget the 2011 Norway attacks!

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This blog post no. 313 was first published 22-07-2016. Last revision 22-07-2016.

Express all your longings and desires in the great Orfeo & Euridice sing-along together with Pavarotti

I know you’ve done it! Oh, yes! Just admit it! You’ve tried to sing together with Pavarotti at least one time in your life! And probably several times. And I know you probably want to do it again. And again!

So here’s another chance to impress yourself, the one you love and the neighbor you hate so dearly: Here’s the great Orfeo & Euridice sing-along together with Pavarotti!

In this video Pavarotti sings “Che farò senza Euridice” from the Gluck opera Orfeo e Euridice. It’s a very sad and moving aria about the longing for lost love, so you better be in the mood when you sing it! Maybe it would be helpful somehow!

The video contains an audio recording, probably from a concert in Italy or the US, where Pavarotti is accompanied on piano. Pavarotti recorded this aria with full orchestra for his Mattinata studio album, and several live versions are available on various unofficial CDs and DVDs.

Now you sing! Just start the video, look at the screen and sing these beautiful Italian lyrics that pops up on your screen! And I just want to say: Bravo! Brava! Bravi! 🙂

More sing-along with Pavarotti here!

This post was first published 13-10-2015. Last revision 13-10-2015.