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Queen of the Night

July 3, 2008

Yesterday I wrote a small song in which Florence Foster Jenkins, the famously talentless American soprano, sings the world to sleep at night, accompanied by a general rain of white carnations and a universal feeling of happiness. It’s really a song about nights spent beautifully alone at home, comforted by having reached a condition of peace with one’s own limitations. Jenkins, a completely tone-deaf socialite who fancied herself an opera star, liked to dress as the Angel of Inspiration for her recitals (she is wearing this costume in the pictures below). I liked the idea of an angelic, care-giving entity channeled through a completely inept performance.

Florence Foster Jenkins album covers: spot the difference.

Here Florence Foster Jenkins sings Mozart’s Queen of the Night aria:

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    1. Virginia permalink
      July 4, 2008 2:41 pm

      She’s brilliant! I see a bright future for the ghost of Florence Foster Jenkins!

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