More and more, as the entire contents of human civilization are uploaded to the internet, I find myself visiting YouTube to check out other singers' performances of pieces that I'm working on. Tackling the Soliloquy from Carousel a few weeks ago, I was especially fascinated by this video of John Raitt throwing in an amazing high Bflat at the end, which may or may not be what the composer wanted, but if my Bflats sounded like that, I would probably end every single song with one, no matter what key it was in.
Sometimes though, YouTube can be less helpful. Typing in "Ode to Napoleon" did not, as I had hoped, lead me to performances of the Schoenberg piece I'm working on. Rather, a bunch of videos similar to this one:
And sometimes, you see performances that are so unforgettable, it's probably better that you'd never seen them. Like this impressively sung bass aria from the Mass in B minor: