Or, in English, “Goodbye brain.”

This is a line from Cenerentola. I just thought I’d share. Because I’m a sharing sort of person.

There’s also another funny part in the opera that cracks me up every time, but won’t hit any of the audience in the same way. Because it’s not what the singers are really saying. It’s just that it sounds like, “nobody home, nobody home, nobody home, nobody home” … and yes, things like that make me laugh. (This is in Act three, rehearsal #19 in my Kalmus part. Or, for those of you blessed with better parts, the duetto, 55 measures from the end of that number.)

I’m easily amused, as you should already know.

… and now off to play the oboe a bit. I (shamefully?) haven’t touched it yet today after all. I had a Very Important Task to Accomplish (VITA™); I had to buy new shoes for the recital. Because new shoes will, of course, make my reeds play better, my fingers behave, and my brain … well … maybe it won’t say “addio” after all. We’ll see!

(For those who are really curious, the “Nobody home” begins at 7:37. And yeah, doesn’t really sound like that once I can actually hear clearly. Go figure.)

(This production was done in two acts rather than three, or so it appears from the labeling of the video.)


  1. Yikes. Nice costumes. I’m so happy OSJ doesn’t go in for that kind of thing.

    And why on earth does that look like another Rossini opera? It appears to be Figaro and Bartolo instead of Dandini and Magnifico (I mean, they’re singing Cenerentola, but if I didn’t know any better I’d swear it was a seen from Barber). Weird…

  2. new shoes make EVERYTHING better.

  3. I’m guessing, Mike, that we are doing a traditional Cenerentola? (The last time I remember us taking something and moving it to a different time period was eons ago, with a Masked Ball production.)

    I did Cenerentola a few years back with Merolo and, sadly, can barely remember it at this point. Stupid OldBoeBrain. 🙁

    Gabrielle … I’m counting on it! 🙂

  4. Oh, and Mike, will they be doing things during the overture? Just curious about staging!

  5. First of all, I can’t believe I typed “seen” when I meant “scene.” Addio cervello, indeed.

    Anyway, yes, traditional staging. I have a couple of in-costume pics on my blog (and of course you’ll see them tomorrow). There’s nothing going on during the overture except for you all playing.

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