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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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Lost loves: those consummated and still loved; those loved but never consummated; those consummated for a fleeting moment that lingers in memories of pleasure; those lost never to return;  until maybe the deathbed?  Or a return from travels east?   How many people can one love in a life-time or even at once?  There are at least two from Quebec. (more…)

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Pluck the fruits of pleasure.  Smoke  a pipe; watch ballet or opera; lay with a lover.  Done all this, this week. (more…)

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Sex.  Love.  Sensuous contact. Opera.  They are all the same.  At least if you get drunk and watch the DVD of the Hunter’s Bride, a movie version of the opera by Carl Maria Von Weber’s opera, namely Der Freischutz. (more…)

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From the sublime to the ridiculous:  from a grungy apartment far east on Kingsway to I Vespri Siciliani.   From the way the poor live to the way the privileged luxuriate. (more…)

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Verdi’s Attila on Bose

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Skipped work a little early today and went and bought the Bose Home Theater system: five small speakers, a small subwoofer, and an elegant receiver.  Not cheap, but so good-looking, easy to install, and the sound! (more…)

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The Ring of Fire is a mining district in Northern Ontario.  Stan Sudol who writes the blog Republic of Mining brought to my attention a series of article on his blog about The Ring of Fire. The link provided gets you to more links to a series of articles on the mines and mining potential of The Ring of Fire.  I repeat here the links—I am sure Stan agrees to this and is proud of this exposure of his work: (more…)

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“Here cupid will unfurl his flag”

“For women were born to conquer and rule.”

These are the themes of Matilde Di Shabran, Rossini’s thirty-second opera.  And what an opera! (more…)

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In a liquor superstore on Beach Blvd. in Huntington Beach, I bought a bottle of Jameson Triple Distilled Gold Reserve Irish Whiskey.    The cost was $65.  Expensive by comparison with the other fine liquors in the store.  But unobtainable in Vancouver.  This is liberty: the ability to buy good hooch at low prices.  The essence of America:  a free market unhindered by social mores and the pressures of socialists and dictators of how we live. (more…)

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A late Saturday posting: about the opera just watched on DVD of Pergolesi’s Il Prigionier Superbo.  A lesbian opera in fact, if not by intention! (more…)

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