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Aliana Sings “Lasciatemi Morire” by Montiverdi

February 16, 2018

I chose this song because I wanted to work on my onset at the beginning of phrases which I tend to neglect. It was also the day after the Douglas High School shooting and I was just full of sorrow. The words of this song are so full of despair it made me think of the parents that are affected. You can’t help but reflect on your own loved ones and think, “What would I do? How would I feel?” You just don’t know. And you can’t know until it’s hit you. I found some catharsis in this song. I hope you do too.

Here’s a translation I found on Singer Sticky Notes that I think is simple and beautiful.

Let me die!
And whom would you want to comfort me
in such a cruel fate,
in such great torment?
Let me die!

It’s not perfect, but neither life nor art are. Clearly. Visit the Aliana Sings Classics Songs playlist on YouTube for more videos.

Aliana Sings “Amarilli, mia bella” by Giulio Caccini

February 14, 2018

Falling back on traditional works keeps up my technique, gives me goals to shoot for and allows me to fall in love with this music all over again. I was tired. My voice was tired, but I really wanted to lay down this track. I hope you enjoy it!

“Amarilli, mia bella” by Giulio Caccini (1546 – 1618). Text possibly by Giovanni Battista Guarini (1538 – 1612). Accompaniment generously provided by Your Accompanist.

I specialize in contemporary music, so I don’t get to visit standard repertoire often, except for maybe with my students. This play list is to inspire me to sing and work my personal technique every day and to explore music beyond what I’m hired to sing. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about the process.

Visit Aliana de la Guardia Sings the Classics playlist on YouTube for more videos!

Audible Audiobook “People Born in July” Now Available

February 13, 2018


“This audiobook [by Olga Skorbatyuk, Kate Bazilevsky and Andrey Davydov, and narrated by Aliana de la Guardia] is for those people who are fed up with “horoscopism”, who are tired of listening to nonsense about themselves and other people from their “all-knowing” relatives, friends, and acquaintances. It will help you save not just some time in your life, but your whole life, because otherwise you will spend your entire life on something that is a priori impossible. And it is impossible not because you are idiots, but because Homo sapiens cannot fully know themselves and other people without an external (and, most importantly, objective) source.”

Purchase the audiobook and listen at: https://www.audible.com/

Aliana sings “All Must Have A Voice” Aria from Crafting The Bonds

February 7, 2018

Up on my new sound cloud I’m performing an aria from a reading of Crafting the Bonds, a new opera with music by Elena Ruehr, libretto by Gretchen Henderson. On this track is Cappella Clausura and the Arneis String Quartet conducted by Amelia LeClair. Recorded from live performance on Sunday, June 11 in Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Dr., MIT, Cambridge, MA.

This was such beautiful music. Thank you to Elena, Amelia and the incredible sounding ensembles involved!

Aliana Sings “Songs My Mother Taught Me” by Antonín Dvořák

February 6, 2018

With all the new music I do, I love falling back on traditional works to keep up my technique and to fall in love with this music all over again. Here I am at the end of a long day making a quick recording for you all. Enjoy! I know I do!

“Songs My Mother Taught Me” by Antonín Dvořák from Gypsy Songs, B. 104, Op. 55. Sung in English. Accompaniment generously provided by Your Accompanist.

Visit Aliana de la Guardia Sings the Classics playlist on YouTube. More videos coming soon!

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