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Procopius wrote the most startling revelation of official incompetence and veniality. He wrote venerable histories about Belisariaus.   But he also wrote about the scandals of Justinian’s court.  Here is what one source says: (more…)

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It is that time of the year age when Saturday mornings and early afternoons are taken up with a visit to the movie house in Coquitlam and another MET opera.  Unusually sunny start to the season.  Still just cool enough to feel good to head indoors and settle back to opera. Today was Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.  I have seen this opera many times, but every time it delights—except for that interminable final act that goes on and on in silly plot and pottiness. (more…)

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Woke up late this morning after twelve hours sleep—seems the older I get the more I want to sleep.  Maybe it is old age or maybe riding my bicycle to work tires out the old body.  Or maybe there is something breaking down inside that the doctors cannot discern. (more…)

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Philippe Jaroussky

Artaserse is an opera with five countertenors.  This is how opera was in the beginning.  Women were not allowed on the stage and castrati were in abundance.   Thus in the modern times, five countertenors are needed to produce the opera. An amazing production is the one I watched this weekend.  It is on a DVD from Erato and stars Philippe Jaroussky and Max Emanuel Cencic, two of the best modern countertenors. At first I was amazed and not sure what to think.  But then you suspend belief and segue-way into the music and theater.  For this is drama supreme and masterful emotion. Here is the story of the opera: (more…)

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Monday night we went to the tents at Bard on the Beach to see Shakespeare’s Opera presented by students from the University of British Columbia. First a tail-gate meal in amongst the trees of chicken, bread, and wine.  Just the right stuff to put you in the mood for opera.  And we were not disappointed. The students are all magnificent singers and we revel in the thought that there is such talent out there to take the place of older singers.  Opera proceeds with confidence into the future when you hear these young singers. (more…)

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Last Saturday night we went to Bard on the Beach to watch The Tempest.  First a supper on the grass beneath the trees: wine; bread, sushi; and a whole roast chicken eaten with gusto and more wine.  And an avoidance of the rain that threatened and then came in gusts during the performance. (more…)

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Isabel Leonard as Dorabella, Danielle de Niese as Despina, and Susanna Phillips as Fiordiligi in Mozart's 'Così fan tutte.'

From the movie house on Schoolhouse Road in Coquitlam just east of Vancouver, came today the MET HDTV broadcast live of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.     As always, we started with an Egger and Bacon at the local A&W, then to the opera, then to Wendy’s for a burger.  True indulgence. Cosi is one of my favorite operas.  Not sure why.  Must be the music.  Must be the emotion.  Must be the story: typical Mozart-comedy that is so sad it is tragedy. (more…)

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