Category: opera

Trump and his Italian connections

  “Unpopular orange blunt object of a President Donald Trump had a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni recently. It’s hard to screw up a press conference introduction but the wannabe tiny-handed model did just that. Through the ages your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific achievement. That continues today. From... Read more »

Herr Mozart's Hair: A triolet

  The hair of Amadeus Wolfgang Mozart is up for auction Thursday with an estimated price of 10,000 pounds to 12,000 pounds ($15,400 to $18,450).  [Associated Press]   Mozart’s hair is up for sale. You can have it at a price. Was it from a plump pigtail? Mozart’s hair is up for sale. To  opera... Read more »

Pau Gasol: Big opera fan

  [The following verse is based on Philip Hersh’s delightful piece in Sunday’s Tribune: “Going bass line-A night at the opera provides an escape from the rigors of the NBA for Bulls big man Pau Gasol”.]   In a double A seat long and tall Watching Tosca thrice sits Pau Gasol. When the Bulls signed... Read more »

Enrico Caruso: Great Italian Tenor With the "Orchid-lined Voice"

Born today Enrico Caruso Great tenors like him there have been just few so. La Donna e Mobile was one of his staples. Once being booed he stopped singing in Naples. “It was in 1901, the year of his greatest success at La Scala, when Caruso suffered his cruelest blow.  The audience he most wanted... Read more »

George Frideric Handel: Hallelujah! It's His 329th Birthday!

Today’s the birthday of George Handel. Music lovers in England’ll Absolutely tell you  why a Person should  know his “Messiah”. [The Great Handel Festival of 1857 at the Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. It had a choir of 2000 and and orchestra of 500.] “Handel is often regarded as being a British composer. Although... Read more »

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: "The Perfect Composer"

  Today is the birthday of Wolfgang Mozart Whose music still tops every  classical chart. To his Muse he was wed (at age 5!)  from the start, And he wrote masterpieces till death did  them part. [“The Last Hours of Mozart” by Henry Nelson O’Neil]   “Mozart… is a perfect composer. It’s almost impossible to... Read more »

Tito Gobbi: Lyric Opera's Otello Dedicated to Him

Born today was Tito Gobbi Operatic baritone. With de los Angeles in  obi, Singing Butterfly he shone. “Lyric Opera is dedicating this revival of Otello to the memory of artistic director emeritus Bruno Bartoletti, whose artistry and wisdom enriched the company for nearly half a century. The Otello performances are also dedicated to one of the most remarkable artists in... Read more »