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Happy valentine’s Day to everyone out there who celebrates it! To mark the occasion, I’d like to welcome author Gale Martin to my blog. Hope you’ll enjoy this post…. be sure to comment and let her know what you think! 🙂 When you’re done, hop on over to her blog and check out what I wrote for our swap. — Jamie

Want to listen to some romantic music, sip some fine wine, and steal away into a private heaven with your sweetheart tonight?

In honor of Valentine’s day, I have a few lovely songs for you to enjoy. Oh, and they just happen to be operatic arias.

I’ve been called an opera junkie by at least one friend, but I prefer the title “friendly neighborhood opera junkie.” Just so you know, I enjoy many kinds of music but have really taken to classic opera in the last several years, seeing as much as I can and also reviewing opera, too, for Bachtrack.com.

Let me guess. You’re not entirely convinced that opera can be a backdrop for romance. Are you forgetting this scene from the movie Moonstruck, when Johnny takes Loretta to the Metropolitan Opera to see La bohème? From the moment she arrives at Lincoln Center, which is never more beautiful at night, to the last note of Mimi’s aria (“D’onde lieta uscì al tuo grido”), opera affords the most romantic setting ever

Once you allow yourself to consider that operatic music can inspire romance, there are so many beautiful pieces to savor. For instance, “Donna non vidi mai” from Manon Lescaut, sung by the Argentine lyric tenor Marcelo Álvarez (whom I saw at the Met’s new production of Tosca). Ladies, imagine you’ve just stepped out of a carriage, and Marcelo has fallen in love with you on sight and is singing this aria for your ears only.

The last is piece is especially for Jamie’s gentleman readers. Okay, for everyone. Seriously, gents, if the Sull’aria from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro can’t melt your stony heart on the holiday devoted to romance, then you are a heartless guttersnipe. Stand by. Three cupids wielding arrows will be visiting shortly to impale you–all in the interest of helping you reclaim your humanity.

Happy listening and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Oh, and the moral of this post is: Opera makes any Valentine’s Day more special!

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Gale Martin is an award-winning writer of contemporary fiction who plied her childhood penchant for lying into a legitimate literary pursuit during midlife, writing her first novel at age eleven and finishing three decades later.

Her new novel GRACE UNEXPECTED features a professional woman with a heart of fool’s gold, who unexpectedly gets entangled in a love triangle. Her debut novel DON JUAN IN HANKEY, PA is a humorous backstage story about an opera company trying to stage Don Giovanni.

She has an MA in creative writing from Wilkes University and lives in Eastern Pennsylvania because she has to.

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