Shakespeare: My mistress’ eyes

Written by Joseph Kaiser


In category: Song of the Day

Published August 14, 2017

I can’t promise any sort of through-line when it comes to my five posts.  Instead, I simply offer five selections that have stayed in my heart, and coursed through my veins, over my years in music.

In my 9th grade English class, all of the students had to memorize a Shakespearean sonnet.  I chose “Like as the waves make towards the pebbl’d shores,” but only because another student had already chosen “My mistress’ eyes.”  Alan Rickman—whom I first encountered in Galaxy Quest—delivers his stirring rendition with gravitas and subtle passion.

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Joseph Kaiser, tenor, is recognized by audiences for his beauty of tone, intelligence of programming, and innate sense of style and elegance.  The Canadian tenor returns this season to the Metropolitan Opera to sing the role of Edmundo de Nobile in the company premiere of Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel directed by Tom Cairns and conducted by the composer.  Joseph is a proud member of the NYFOS Artists Council.  He lives in Chicago with his two sons and his chihuahua


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