Live report …

Anyone else watching the New York City Opera broadcast of Madama Butterfly right now? (It’s Live from Lincoln Center, in case you’re wondering. Hmmm. Does that mean I’m seeing it live? No, can’t be … not here on the right coast**.) Anyone else have that glitch near the beginning, or is it Comcast?

And does New York City Opera really not list the orchestra anywhere on their site, or am I blind?

I read the interview with the two leads. The beginning made me laugh:

Last year, you sang Mimi and Rodolfo in La Bohème at New York City Opera. How was that experience?

James Valenti: It was great. Shu-Ying is nice and tall and very pretty and has a great voice. It’s easy to work with her.

Shu-Ying Li: He’s very tall.

Um. Okay.

I won’t last through the entire thing, I’m sorry to say. Too bad they don’t broadcast it here on New York time. But anyway, so far I’m not exactly blown away. But what do I know? (Those hanging ships, though … it doesn’t work when the camera is from a side angle; some of the ships aren’t appearing against the backdrop then. The backdrop is supposed to look like water, I’m sure. But some ships are against something else.)

Wow, the tenor is already dripping. Heat? Nerves? LIVE BROADCAST?!

MB isn’t at the top of my Puccini list. Sorry if that disappoints some of you. I’ve sure played it enough times. That’s for sure. (It’s nice to hear it without our cuts, though; we always cut a few things and it drives me nuts!)

Ouch! Intonation. Ouch! (Singers, not orchestra.)

Ah how easy it is to critique. I think I’d better shut up. I could never do what they do.


**Dan reminds me that we are usually referred to as the “left coast” but wonders if I mean right as in “correct”. And yes, indeed, he does have me figured out. 🙂 We are on the correct coast. Sorry, New Yorkers. It’s just the way it is. Can you live with it? 😉

20. March 2008 · Comments Off on Yep, I Saw It! · Categories: Comics, Havin' Fun, Links

Cooper has asked if I saw the comic about me.

Indeed, I did. I guess I forgot to blog about that! 🙂

I’ve been married to my husband since January 3 of 1976. Yes. Really. When we met he was a student, and played trombone in the band. My first good glimpse of Dan was during recital hour, when he gave a talk about synthesizers. Don’t ask me what he said, but I nudged my friend next to me and said, “He’s a fox!” She looked at me curiously (I guess long hair and a headband didn’t appeal to HER). Some weeks later, when we were all in band (yes, I played in band!) I nudged the other oboist and said, “See that guy up there? I’m gonna get him.” He thought I was joking. I thought it was a pipe dream. But, well, something worked. 🙂

But oh no!!

But now I’ve seen this comic and it appears we should just be friends. Oh dear.

Dan?? Is it curtains? Say it ain’t so Joe Dan!

And Bill Nye? A romantic possibility? Um. I doubt it greatly. Although I guess he likes a hot book now and then, I don’t think he is relationship material.

20. March 2008 · 3 comments · Categories: Links

… and, if you ask me, scary!

Wild animals on an opera stage? No thanks.

Read it here.

The last time I saw a live animal on stage (recently, at San Francisco Opera) it cause the audience to stir. Some laughed. Some reacted in that “ahhh … cool” sort of way. Due to both reactions I just found the animal a distraction. I’m not there to see a circus. I’m there to hear great music. Really.

And then, in Florence, I guess you may now take your dog or cat to lunch. Or the theatre. Because we all know how our dogs and cats love a good show. Truly. I read it here.

Franco Zeffirelli says:

Dogs and cats are a bit like children and should be in places they enjoy. I would never take them to La Scala (opera house in Milan),’ he told Corriere della Sera newspaper. ‘It would be torture for them.

And, as an aside, bringing dogs, cats, or children to some operas can be torture for not only the dogs, cats or children, but for some other people around them, too.

I’m just sayin’ …. 🙂

(Having seen an awfully young child at Rigoletto … an odd opera to take a very young child to, don’t you think?)