Alice, our feathered opera star in the making, was very fortunate to be personally invited to a Masterclass given by the famous Bulgarian Mezzo-soprano Miss. Vesselina Kasarova. Miss. Kasarova is revered in the duck world as the Patron Saint of all ducks and she works tirelessly for the promotion of increased understanding between ducks and humankind. After the Masterclass, they let their hair (or feathers) down and posed for impromptu photos with their favourite Mezzo. Even the little ducklings got in on the act! What lucky Ducks !
Alice, our opera singing housewife, after winning the Lieder Prize at the Cardiff Singer of the Year Competition, has been invited to sing a duet with her all-time favourite mezzo-soprano heroine Joyce DiDuckato at the prodigious Last Night of the Proms. They sing from the opera Cendrillon by Massenet, with Joyce in the title role of Cinderella, and Alice as her Prince Charming. They are conduckted by the world-renowned Madame Beaux Yeux; rather surprisingly the first time a female duck has conduckted at the Last Night of the Proms.
Later on Joyce and Madame Beaux Yeux will entertain us with some more traditional songs from Last Night. The audience will, of course, join in with the usual raucous quacking and hooting. This is a taste of what they will sing.
To the human tune “Land of Hope and Glory”
Land of streams and reed beds, rivers sparkling bright.
Home to us through the ages, never need we take flight.
Proud are we of your waters, country bounded by sea,
Glory to our Creator, let us thankful be
Glory to our Creator, let us thankful be. After A. C. Benson
And of course, to the tune of “Rule Britannia”:
When ducks first ga-a-a-a-azed upon this land
And swam upon the waters made for the-e-e-eir delight
And swam upon the waters made for their delight
This was the Charter, of River, Pond and Stream
That they should e-e-e-vermore custodians be
Rule Ducktania! Ducktania constant stands!
And blessed are we-hee to-who live within her lands
Though largely hi-i-i-i-idden from hu-mah-ankind
Whose actions long did cause us gre-e-e-at distress
Whose actions long did ca-ause us great distress
Yet still we labour to foster friendships new
And work in hah-ah-ah-rmony, our lives to bless
Rule Ducktania! etc After James Thomson
We hope you have as much fun watching the human Proms, sing along the duck lyrics – if you dare!
Photos by Duncan and lyrics by Jane.