Monday, April 20, 2009

"Printemps qui commence"

Today was my day to visit the drawing class. I took lots of samples, we played a couple of sniffing games and I did a little bloviating. There were 16 students in the group, so I thought the odds would have guaranteed at least one established perfume addict among them, but nobody confessed. Maybe all the time I spend cruising the scented corners of the Web has given me a distorted sense of our numbers out in the real world. In any case, I think they had fun. I know I did. I’ll write a little more about it tomorrow. Just now I need to get my lonely violin out of its case, as well as exchange a couple of words with Dave before he flies off to one of those mysterious consulting gigs.

Here’s a little something seasonal to divert you in the meantime. This is Olga Borodina singing “Printemps qui commence” from Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns' Samson et Delila. It’s not exactly a happy spring ditty. It’s a song of deception and seduction. (See the opera’s Wikipedia page here.)


Bozo said...

Speaking of opera and scents, Coty launched a fragrance last fall called "La Voce by Renee Fleming." We got to see her in an intimate recital last week-- a once in a lifetime experience-- and if her scent is anything like her singing, wow ...

BitterGrace said...

Congratulations on hearing Fleming in person. I thought you might be in the audience at Blair. I would love to see her someday--so would Dave!

Her fragrance hasn't gotten a lot of attention among the sniffaholics. That's the trouble with having so many new launches--who can keep up? It does sound like a very lush, sensual production. I googled it just now and saw that it is actually a fundraiser for the Met. I'll see if I can chase down a sample.