Last night, Wednesday March 24, Project Pauline premiered its first ever video podcast episode on our website.
Project Pauline is an exploration of the life and work of Pauline Viardot in celebration of her 200th birthday. Music by Viardot, her family, and friends, combined with a virtual production of her last opera, Cendrillon.
New episodes will be released every Wednesday at 8pm, so make sure to visit the Project Pauline webpage.
Episode 1: The ghosts of Pauline Viardot and her sister, Maria Malibran, reflect on their brief time together and express excitement at watching a performance of Pauline's final opera together. "Cendrillon" begins with the title character musing about what life could be, meeting a mysterious beggar, and being used and abused by her wicked stepsisters.
Pauline Viardot - Kristina Ibarra, soprano
Maria Malibran - Linda Peng, mezzo-soprano
Cendrillon/Marie - Abbi Samuels, soprano
Maguelonne - Lee Patrick, soprano
Armelinde - Linda Peng, mezzo-soprano
Scene A.1: Dialogue - Pauline Viardot and Maria Malibran
Scene A.1: "Habanera" Music by Pauline Viardot (adapted from Frederic Chopin), Anonymous Text
"Cendrillon" Prelude, Scenes 1-5a - Music and Text by Pauline Viardot