Thursday, April 29, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
The first opera we ever heard and and fell in love with, Turandot, opens the season. This is the same production from 2004 with sets by David Hockney. We've yet to find a better production and Hockney's purples and reds lend to the fairytale setting of Puccini's masterpiece. For those that follow the Metropolitan Opera, you'll know the name Lise Lindstrom - it was Lise who made her Met debut as Turandot with two hours notice and all reviews indicate she nailed it. I look forward to hearing her nail it in person. She's joined by tenor Carlo Ventre and soprano Ermonela Jaho the latter who appeared with us on opening night of Maria Stuarda, replacing a sick Angela Gilbert for that first performance. Emronela chewed up the scenes with just a walkthrough in Maria Stuarda. We can't wait to see what she does as Liu
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Who's up for a road trip?
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Where are we going to fit more books?
But then she handed me a journal called Lapham's Quarterly and said "read this." So I did. Curled up on the couch with dogs for the rest of the night, I actually pulled an all-nighter.
It's hard to describe Lapham's Quarterly - it's a journal of history and ideas, an aggregate of letters, essays and stories pulled together around a general theme. The current issue is called "Arts and Letters." Which is pretty general, but then I like things vague and general.
So I was delighted to come across this letter by Richard Wagner to Otto Wessendonck looking for a monetary advance so the composer can continue his work on his Ring Cycle in exchange for publishing rights to his scores. Sometimes we forget, even the best and most famous struggled at times. There is something human, desperate, in this figure that has become so mythologized over the years.
Although it is not opera related, also check out "Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard" which made me audibly gasp with its cleverness when I finished it.
You can find Lapham's Quartely at fine bookstores, not-so-fine bookstores and online.