Estate planning is on our minds. This past week a senior colleague spent long periods with his lawyers debating how to dispose of his estate: if I go first then….If my wife goes first then…..What complex solutions they devised. For there are four houses and four kids plus nine grandkids. Who gets what and how to avoid punitive taxes all round? (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Verdi’
Here is a picture of a child’s play ground in Iowa. Better we revel in the games of children than contemplate the outcome of these games: tribes, battle, war, death & devastation, or at the least indulgence in opera & brandy. Here are some thoughts from today on these topics, blogged lest the demons of Hades torment our sleep. (more…)
Rigoletto was the first opera I encountered as a young boy. Every Sunday we would go across to Brakpan to have lunch with Grandma. She would cook a chicken (free range in those days) and would stuff it with pork sausages. The chickens were always lean and small and expensive but the stuffing and yorkshire pudding filled an ever-hungry tummy. (more…)
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Google says it is upgrading its search engine to eliminate those annoying search-finds that are of poor quality and repeat other’s materials. My search of Google Blogs for comments on Iphegenia enTauride by Gluck turned-up garbage. Trite comments on the ability of the singers, etc. Thus let me go to the heart of the matter and go where angels fear to tread. (more…)
Rigoletto by Verdi is a staple of my opera experience. As a kid we would visit grandma on Sunday for a dinner of supreme luxury: a roast chicken stuffed with sausage. In those far off days, chicken was expensive, what we would today call free-range–a rare treat. At home all we ate was mutton because it was cheap. Things have changed. (more…)
George Bernard Shaw called Rossini ”the supreme master of clap-trap.” Rossini wrote of Wagner: “He has great moments, and dull quarter hours.” No live opera or Met opera this weekend. We took solace in the DVD. First a life of Rossini and then, in anticipation of the Met broadcast, a cheap DVD of Le Comte Ory. I needed music and alcohol to assuage the soul. (more…)
This is the pre-production discussion of the opera. I subsequently attended the opera and write my views at this link. Nevertheless the following is still interesting and relevant.
CBC radio is trumpeting the premier of a new Canadian opera on the 16th October in Vancouver. The opera is Lillian Alling, the true story of a Russian woman who undertakes to walk from New York back home to Russia. Lillian Alling walked west, came up through Vancouver and went further north, where she was arrested for carrying a gun. In 1927 a woman from New York with a gun no doubt set BC a-fretting. We are told she was last seen boarding a ship across the Bering Straight.