Patti Smith Counts Down Her Top Five Operas


WQXR has just released a beautiful YouTube video of rocker/poet/memoirist/artist Patti Smith talking about her top five favorite operas. The list is pretty traditional (Wagner, Puccini, Verdi) in the Western European sense; and, given her close collaborative relationship with Philip Glass, it’s a bit of a surprise not to see Einstein on the Beach or (since romanticism seems to be her thing) even Satyagraha or Akhnaten. Still, it’s a beautiful video of a musical artist explaining in very personal terms how music touches her. It’s kind of fascinating for Smith fans and opera fans alike, and sweet to see how sentimental a rocker can get about Tristan und Isolde. Video below.

[via WQXR | SOTC homepage]


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