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Life is full of miracles, but they’re not always the ones we pray for

Life is full of miracles, but they’re not always the ones we pray for

Born on this day 1908 actress Eve Arden.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSN25Wwgg9w Born on this day in 1870 composer Franz Lehár. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=S66-wbpzALs On this day in 1902 Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSzvx0upPMY Born on this day in 1916 soprano Alda Noni. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTiQ6bcbVKs Source: Music-2 Read More »

Apparition

Apparition

There was a moment during Natalie Dessay’s performance of Schubert’s “Gretchen am Spinnrade” when the singer summoned the ghost of her former self. It was on the word Kuß!: her voice opened majestically, blooming with a youthful vibrancy. It brought back memories of her great successes on the operatic stage—Ophelia, Lucia, Zerbinetta—the performances that made her an international star.  Now, at the age of 52, Dessay has left the practice of opera behind. In 2013, ... Read More »

We live by encouragement and die without it

We live by encouragement and die without it

Born on this day in 1917 actress Celeste Holm. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=YG6UllZwj9c Born on this day in 1842 composer Carl Millöcker. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=RY582F06Rd0 Born on this day in 1879 conductor Thomas Beecham. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIL3Tqyahis Born on this day in 1895 conductor Malcolm Sargent. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdkYojpn644 Happy 81st birthday conductor Zubin Mehta. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0-nMfZGAJo Happy 79th birthday bass Harald Stamm. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wABKOstQ3Q0 Happy 62nd birthday baritone Gino Quilico. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYaAtASo65s Source: Music-2 Read More »

Yes, we have no Banat

Yes, we have no Banat

Nineteenth-century opera comes in two varieties: With Gypsies or without. With Gypsies you get fortune tellers, stolen babies, wild dances and rhythmic metallurgy—unless they are metaphorical Gypsies, as in La Bohème. In The Gypsy Baron (Der Zigeunerbaron), currently (through Sunday) enjoying a revival by the Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, you get all of them, plus Strauss waltzes and patriotic marches.  Patriotism, to Strauss, meant anything in march time or an ethnic dance beat. ... Read More »

Got to know how to pony

Got to know how to pony

Happy 76th birthday actress Ann-Margret.  //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekHJ2exnP_c On this day in 1865 Meyerbeer’s L&8217;Africaine premiered in Paris. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmnihyy9-pw Born on this day in 1911 soprano Maria Tauberová. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvHlKVQ45jE Born on this day in 1920 mezzo-soprano Nan Merriman. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=krL_kt-1GAY Happy 74th birthday conductor Jeffrey Tate. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcly8-RGhgw Source: Music-2 Read More »

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