09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

I realize the picture that YouTube begins with here makes this look questionable, but really … it’s safe to watch.

09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera

Sandra Bengochea awoke every morning and went to sleep each night listening to her mother singing the old songs of Mexico. Watering the plants, cleaning their Modesto home, Raquel Rubalcava sang.

But the petite girl who would become a diva with Opera San Jose, who would be reviewed as having a “lustrous voice and vivacious sophistication” in her performance as Musetta in “La Bohème” last month, never joined in. Even when her father brought out his guitar and her mother would harmonize with friends from church, Sandra kept mum.

“I was always a shy girl,” said Sandra, 38. “I remember she was the loudest one in church. I would be so embarrassed, but secretly I was saying to myself, ‘Oh my God, that’s so pretty.’ ”

Sandra was in high school when she joined the choir, and then only because her best friend pulled her along. She began singing in her bedroom, with her door closed.

“She never said anything about it,” Sandra said of her mother. “She wanted me to find my way.”


It appears she did find her way! :-)

09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: OutsideMyWorld™

Music Progressive quartet
Vladimir Lazarevski – oboe
Vladimir Krstev – violin
Marko Videnovic – viola&comp.
Paskal Krapovski cello

I like this!

09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Opera, OperaBlogs

I’m really looking forward to San Francisco Opera’s Ring Cycle. I’ll be done with my performing work at that point, and I figure I can totally relax and enjoy without any nagging “You really need to practice” sort of voices haunting me. Can’t wait!

Meanwhile, to make the anticipation even more fun, I can read Notes From Valhalla, a blog about the production. Cool!

09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: Just Sayin'

I’m starting a “Just Sayin'” category. I will not explain anything more than that

Shall I begin? (And yes, it’s in a blockquote … even though I’m the one doin’ the sayin’.)

I once had a student who said she decided to play oboe because she already played piano and it was “too easy”.

See what I mean? Just sayin’ …


09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: FBQD

forgot how hauntingly beautiful the oboe is.

09. May 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

Just bought an oboe feather…oh music<3