13. March 2008 · Comments Off on Better Listening? · Categories: Links, Ramble

TRAVELLERS were given a classical music treat at Glasgow Airport.

Two members of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra played classical tunes as part of Hear Here, a nationwide scheme to encourage better listening.

Oboist Katy McIntosh, 30, and violinist Fiona West, 60, were pushed on an airport trolley by worker Ronnie McInnes as they played their instruments.

Hmmm. I’m not sure playing music in an airport will cause people to listen better. Seems like a rather noisy kind of place to play, yes? And a shopping center? Been there. Done that. Noisy place to try and make music. But I’m sounding grumpy. (Trust me, I have good reasons at the moment.)

Read it and tell me what you think.

I’m guessing it was sort of a kick to do, though, if you got pushed around on a trolley. (Except … well … there’s that reed issue. And bumps. Double hmmm.)

13. March 2008 · Comments Off on I Wonder · Categories: Links, Ramble

One of the audience favourites at Opera in the Paddock each year is David Hibbard, the bassoprofundo, as he calls himself.

And he returns the compliment, saying he’s “fallen in love with the North West and its people”.

Do you think the writer believes that the singer has labelled himself some sort of “profound bass” or something? Hmmm. It seems as if the article is implying that the singer has chosen a title for himself. Basso profundo* is the lowest bass voice, not a claimed regal sort of name. Weird.

Maybe I’m just interpretting the article incorrectly, though. It can happen.

*I had typed “basso profunco” originally. (Thanks, DK, for catching that!) But I do sort of like it. As my friend asked, “Is that a professionally funky bass, Italian style?” 😉

13. March 2008 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I’ve been listening to opera and reading opera librettos since I was a teenager. I originally read them because they were so preposterous I got a big kick out of them. I think my favourite is Trovatore where (gypsy character Azucena) burns the wrong baby. “Oops! How did I do that?”

-Margaret Atwood

(Found here)