Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Opera Keeps You Young

"Opera keeps you young," at least that is what we sometimes joke on certain performance nights; watching the octogenarians climbing over the seats of the theatre for the pre-opera lecture much in the way Carl Lewis approaches a hurdle in an Olympic meet.

It seems we might not be far off the mark.

Meet Vilho Kekkonen who is, according the Guiness Book of World Records, the oldest performing tenor in the world at 100 years old.

Now, if opera could just make me prettier, things would be coming up roses...

-- Edward


Linda said...

Opera (and music) keep you young. Prime example: Sir Charles McKerras who conducted his first "Le Nozze di Figaro" in 1954.

And several weeks ago I saw the 92-years young Menahem Pressler in concert with the Muir Quartet.

Linda said...

And I think that should be Mackerras.

San Diego Opera said...

Must be something about keeping your spirit and soul happy -- which accounts for alot, much more than we give it credit.