Swan Sings Own ... well ... Swan Song

Alas, poor me!

Have you ever wondered how a swan feels about being roasted for dinner? (Short answer – not good.) 

Olim lacus colueram (Once in Lakes I Made My Home) is one of the stranger sections of Carmina Burana. It's the only tenor solo in the entire work, and it's the only song sung by an animal (the swan).

The swan, who once dwelt in beauty, tells us what it's like to turn on a spit as the fire roasts it, and then what it's like to lie in a serving dish.

Now in a serving dish I lie, 

and can no longer fly.

Gnashing teeth confront me.

Some people think it's funny, some people think it's sad. What will you think?

Join us on November 8th and 9th as we present Carl Orff's Carmina Burana with the Metropolitan Chorus. Our very own Jeffrey Dokken, SONOVA Music Director & Conductor, is singing the tenor solo. Will he be a comic swan or a tragic swan? There's only one way to find out...

blog content credit: Michael Ream