27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Videos

I’m not sure why this says something about alcohol at the beginning … odd … but in any case, this guy is rather astounding!

27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

OPERA singers, aspiring members of the cast for theatre production Madiba, The African Opera, turned up in their numbers to audition for the lead roles at the Pretoria State Theatre over the weekend, kickstarting the musical which gives a glimpse into the life of Nelson Mandela outside the political sphere.

The stage production will feature little-known stories from Madiba’s life, starting from just before he was born, and through his life as a young boy growing up in rural Transkei, into his political life, prison and thereafter.

It is the brainchild of his cousin, theatre artist Unathi Mtirara, who wrote the libretto based on the history garnered from Madiba himself, and from his home.

“There is so much of him out there, yet there are little-known aspects of his background, history and upbringing that influenced the person he became,” said Mtirara, who is from the Tembu royal house in which Mandela was raised.

RTWT

27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

A McDonald’s restaurant near Sydney, Australia, has been blasting opera and classical music in the late hours to deter teens from hanging out, according to video from geobeats.

Restaurant managers got the idea from nearby community who played Barry Manilow tunes to keep youths from hanging out at a car park.

“We’ve noticed a reduction in the number of young people hanging around, but we’ll have to reassess it properly in a couple of weeks,” one McDonald’s manager says.

Workers turn up the volume as the crowd gets bigger, geobeats says. One woman complained on social media that the loud music has woken her up as late as 1 a.m.

Thanks bunches, McDonald’s. Really.

Read here.

27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Read Online

When Wagner composed Die Meistersinger, the orchestra was playing a whole tone lower than today, so it was easier for a bass to sing.

-René Pape

Really? A whole tone?!

I read it here.

27. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: TQOD

no. you know what i need?

i need a drumset, a piano and an oboe !

#nek (not even kidding)