A Video Recording For You For Christmas

2017 has been an eventful year for me, with so many new things for me to experience and learn, thank you to my wonderful teachers this year for sharing your knowledge and friendship. I started the year performing “La Dolce Speranza”with the RCM classical orchestra, conducted by Ben Palmer. The summer brought with it the opportunity to be involved with the premiere of BambinO at the Manchester International Festival, followed by a tour around the North West of England and then on to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, finishing in the Autumn with performances in Glasgow.  This was such an exhilarating show to be involved with and I loved every minute of it.  My year ended with two performances of Handel’s Messiah, one with Chamber Orchestra and the other with a Baroque Orchestra. In between the performances, I sang my first cantata, Handel Psalm 112 ‘Laudate Pueri Dominum’ with the Thames Philharmonic and Choir.

Christmas Festivities start tomorrow and I’m going to enjoy a well-earned holiday.  To close off the year, I wanted to share with you one of the arias that I have been working on over the last few months which I hope you enjoy.  It is Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen, Ännchen’s aria from Der Freischütz by Carl Maria von Weber.  I have also included the original lyrics and a translation by Robert Glaubitz. Thank you to George Todica for his wonderful accompaniment on this recording.

Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen,
Blond von Locken oder braun,
Hell von Aug’ und rot von Wangen,
Ei, nach dem kann man wohl schauen
Zwar schlägt man das Aug’ aufs Mieder
Nach verschämter Mädchen Art;
Doch verstohlen hebt man’s wieder,
Wenn’s das Bürschchen nicht gewahrt.
Sollten ja sich Blicke finden,
Nun, was hat das auch für Not?
Man wird drum nicht gleich erblinden,
Wird man auch ein wenig rot.
Blickchen hin und Blick herüber,
Bis der Mund sich auch was traut!
Er seufzt: Schönste!
Sie spricht: Lieber!
Bald heißt’s Bräutigam und Braut.
Immer näher, liebe Leuchten!
Wollt ihr mich im Kranze sehn?
Gelt, das ist ein nettes Bräutchen,

And the youth isn’t any less beautiful?
When a slim youth walks by,
Blond of hair or brown,
Bright of eye and red of cheeks,
Indeed, you can definitely look at him.
Of course, you lay your eyes on your bosom
After the manner of a modest maiden;
But by stealth you raise them again
If the boy doesn’t notice.
If you should catch his glance,
Then, what’s that matter?
You will not be blinded,
You become just a little red.
A little glance here and a glance over there,
Until the mouth is also as bold!
He sighs : beautiful one!
She says : beloved!
Soon, they will be Bride and Bridegroom.
Always nearer, beloved glow!
Do you want to see me in a (bridal) wreath?
Don’t you think, she is a nice bride,
And the youth isn’t any less beautiful?

Pascal Post 24th Dec 2017
Wherever you are I hope that you have a wonderful time over the Christmas Holidays and that as 2017 draws to a close that you have a fabulous New Year in 2018.

112 thoughts on “A Video Recording For You For Christmas

  1. Wow!!!! Charlotte so lovely to see and hear you performing. Thanks so much for sharing and perfect timing as lovely to listen to this Xmas morning. Wishing you and your family and friends a very Merry Xmas and safe and happy holidays. Enjoy your well earned rest.

      1. I really did enjoy it. A great performance and I think also it is nice that it is in German as it brings a different dynamic than one in English or Italian. Well done Charlotte, I hope 2018 will be even bigger and better, Stephen

  2. Merry Christmas Charlotte. Thank you for sharing your recording, it is absolutely beautiful. Have a brilliant holiday, rest, relax and enjoy😘

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Gill thanks for listening. I’m hoping to share a couple more soon. Had a lovely rest with everyone, saw a couple of great shows, I hope you and Terry had a good Christmas too.
      All my best wishes

      1. My holidays are rather quiet lately, but your arias and performances are always welcome to break up that monotony, Charlotte. Keep up the excellent work and studying in 2018 and I’ll be here reading and listening!!
        Give your family my best wishes for the new year as well.
        GP Cox

  3. Merry Christmas Charlotte.
    Love the video,the song is beautiful.
    Enjoy your time over the holidays, and have a well earned rest.😘🎅🎄xx

  4. Lovely, lovely and special Christmas present to us, Charlotte. You performance was fantastic and I can see your acting skills are growing by leaps and bounds! Merry Christmas to you and yours, dear Charlotte.

    1. Thank you for watching and your lovely feedback Noelle, I’m working on the acting so I’m glad you enjoyed my first recorded attempt 😀.
      My very best wishes
      Charlotte 💕

  5. Thank you Charlotte, this is the first time I’ve heard your beautiful voice. A lovely Christmas gift! Sending love and wishes for a merry Christmas and wonderful new year.

  6. Wow wow wow !!! Charlotte !! Bravo ! Great singing and acting, really very very nice !! Very proud of you my friend ! Happy to see you and George ! Have a great Christmas time , a nice end of year . wish you the best !

    1. Thanks for listening Peter, I’m hoping to share a couple more videos over the next month to update my you tube a bit. I hope you had a super Christmas break, did you get to see many performances?
      All my best wishes

  7. That sounds great! And loved watching you as you expressed the words. Of course, being a bit of a modernist, I like the scene where they make the bullets best, but that is a fun aria.

      1. Not just bullets, but magic bullets… Guaranteed to strike their target. Well,the first six, at least. We won’t talk about the seventh. Musically it is often held up as one of the first signs of the chromatic side of the Romantic Era music.

    1. Thanks Trent I appreciate you watching my video 😊. I will have to look more into the chromatic point you made below, that’s interesting and i’ll do some research into it.
      Best wishes

    1. Thank you Amritpal I had a lovely family Christmas, too much eating and watching a box set on tv. Back to work today and in college tomorrow for classes.
      All my best wishes

  8. Thank you for sharing your gorgeous voice! You are quite an actress too as you display the emotions of the song! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 🤗😘💕xx

    1. Thanks so much Janice, thanks for listening to my video, I’m hoping to post a couple more to update my YouTube. I hope you and all the family had a super Christmas holiday.
      Best wishes

  9. Merry Christmas, Charlotte! What a lovely recording; thank you so much for sharing it with us. Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen is one of my favourite songs–one of the first I ever learnt. Though of course you sing it much better than I could; it has been so delightful to listen to how your voice has just grown over all the years you’ve been blogging and recording! Enjoy your holidays at home with your family, and I wish you all the best for the year ahead!

    Best regards,


    1. I forgot to mention how fabulous your German diction is. I’ve lived briefly in Germany and had a German-trained teacher, as well as studying the language at university on the side, so I know how difficult it is to pronounce it as perfectly as you did. And your acting was just so fun! You really have an amazing career ahead of you, Charlotte. Keep it up!

      Best regards,


      1. Thanks for the compliment Cate I’m working really hard on my languages so I’m happy for your comments 🙋🏼. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Not long now before I fly the nest 😳.
        Best wishes

    2. I hope you and all the family had a lovely Christmas Cate, I’m glad I brought back a happy memory of your first song. I can’t believe how fast the time is going by in London, only six months until my Masters program ends. Hope we get chance to meet again this year.
      All my best wishes

  10. Really wonderful! Such a pretty aria and you performed it so well! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas break with your family. Merry Christmas and a Happy and successful New Year to you, my dear xx

    1. Thanks for watching, my Nana always says she wished she knew what I was singing so I put the translation in with her in mind I’m glad you read it too.
      All my best wishes

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