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Cold as ice

Cold as ice

Cold as ice “Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire put snow in a bowl, poured concentrated grape-juice over it, and ate it as a treat. Even when the weather was hot, they would savor this sweet treat. Their trick? They placed snow in underground chambers known as yakchal where the temperatures kept the snow from melting. The Persians also hiked to the mountain tops by their summer capital to gather snowfall.” Happy ... Read More »

Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway!

Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway!

Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway! The Bayerische Staatsorchester with General Music Director Kirill Petrenko plays music by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more. Soloists: Golda Schultz, Thomas Hampson. The hip-hooray and ballyhoo begin at 2:20 PM. Source: Music-2 Kommen Sie und hören Sie das Wiegenlied des Broadway! Read More »

She’s a stranger here herself

She’s a stranger here herself

She’s a stranger here herself Bellini’s fourth opera, La Straniera, was a hit in 1829, all over Italy and then throughout Europe. Bellini&8217;s highly original style of plangent, flowing melody was the newest thing in romantic atmosphere. Would he have been able to write a merry comic jaunt like L’Elisir d’amore or L’Italiana in Algeri? I doubt it. Nobody asked him to. They wanted mysterious Byronic epics and he was glad to oblige. The 27-year-old ... Read More »

No one can ever say I didn’t sing

No one can ever say I didn’t sing

No one can ever say I didn’t sing Born on this day in 1868 soprano Florence Foster Jenkins. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAhQPky4iB4 On this day in 1951, Two on the Aisle—starring Bert Lahr and Dolores Gray—opened at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. With sketches and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and music by Jule Styne, the revue ran 276 performances. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=858ZZjAcxKs Source: Music-2 No one can ever say I didn’t sing Read More »

Anna one, Anna two

Anna one, Anna two

Anna one, Anna two Those anxiously anticipating two sleepwalking Annas during the Met’s opening weeks need wait no longer: “Trove Thursday” offers Bellini’s La Sonnambula with Anna Moffo (San Francisco 1960) or Anna Netrebko (Vienna 2006). By sheer coincidence Bellini’s Amina bears some resemblances to Rossini’s Ninetta who appears tonight in Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra at the Rose Theater. Both virtuous bel canto heroines find themselves in a pickle through no fault of their own. True enough, ... Read More »

Berlin wall

Berlin wall

Berlin wall Since it premiered seven years ago, the Suzanne Andrade/Barrie Kosky animated production of Die Zauberflöte has proved wildly popular and has been remounted all over the world. Why then, during its New York City premiere Wednesday night for the opening of the Mostly Mozart Festival, did I mostly want to close my eyes and just listen? Mozart’s next-to-last opera is simultaneously glorious and strange, profound and silly and I don’t envy anyone charged ... Read More »

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