Well … this is really an IQOD (Interview Quote of the Day). Hmm. Maybe I should start doing more IQODs?!

His international career took off in 1997 when Claudio Abbado cast him in the title part in a new production of Berg’s Wozzeck at the Salzburg Easter Festival, repeating it at the Summer Festival as well. How did it feel to suddenly become the centre of attention at the world’s foremost opera festival? ‘Those were the best years of my life, before Wozzeck. I was living in Sicily with my wife, who’s Sicilian, and we were having such great times in the Mediterranean. But it makes you very lazy, this life!’ he chuckles.

‘Then I remember when this phone call arrived and said, ‘Mr Dohmen could you please jump in for this Wozzeck production?’ The problem was, I’d never sung a note! I told Abbado, and he knew about me and said, ‘Yes, you’ll be able to do it because you’re an oboe player.’ And so I learnt very, very quickly. But this part is so tricky and musically so demanding that I said ‘Well, we can try’ — but I thought it was not the best choice to make my debut in a part I’d never sung in the Salzburger Osterfestspiele!’

This is from an interview with the singer, Albert Dohmen, who must have begun his music studies as an oboist.

Read it here.

21. May 2006 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: imported, Quotes

When you love something it’s not a job anymore.

-Spike Lee (Commencement Speech, 2006)

Maybe I”ll write about this sometime soon. What think ye? Will I agree with Mr. Lee?

21. May 2006 · Comments Off on Just a’ramblin’ · Categories: imported, Ramble

Ah … a day off! After the week of symphony, and a week of high school Cats I can use a break! And it was a waffle morning too (thanks Dan!). Now I have church in a short time, and then it’s a Giants v A’s game. Go Giants! I don’t plan on doing much of anything else; I need to “put my feet up” as my mother-in-law used to tell me!

I’ve had a bit of the Cats music running through my head, but it’s not as bad as sometimes. Thank goodness; the music is not very good. Give me an older musical or a Sondheim show any time. Please.

My house is a mess. This is what happens when I’m busy. And tired. I think it will remain a mess for one more day. It is, after all, a day of rest. Right?

I wonder…
Maybe I’m over reacting. Maybe what Mr. Talvi wrote about women isn’t as frightful and insulting to some as it is to me. But I have a feeling I might not choose to take lessons from someone who regards women the way he does. Now I see he (and his wife) have a website about their violin studios, and it also tells me he teaches at Seattle Pacific University. It was yikes before. Now it’s double yikes!