Hector Berlioz: Le spectre de la rose

Written by Corinne Winters


In category: Song of the Day

Published April 16, 2019

“Le spectre de la rose” from Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights) is both delicate and grand, one of those songs that really sticks with you. The ghost of a rose, plucked and worn by a woman at a ball, appears at her bedside. The rose fills her room with its intoxicating scent, whispering words of love and reassurance. He tells her not to be afraid, and like a prince from a fairytale, he happily accepts his death for just one evening by her side: “My destiny was worthy of envy, and for such a beautiful fate, many would have given their lives.” Somehow, Berlioz manages to convey this passion without schmaltz, but with a dreaminess that could soften the most guarded of stoics.

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American soprano Corinne Winters splits her time between inexorable walks toward grim operatic deaths and sunnily preparing Pinterest-worthy plant-based meals to share with her husband. She feeds her soul by curling up with heady literature and a giant mug of coffee, practicing her Pincha pose, and mentoring via Turn The Spotlight.


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