28. April 2010 · Comments Off on This Is The Kind Of Review I Love! · Categories: Opera, Reviews

A novice to the art form, Cynthia Corral, reviewed La Rondine. How fun to read about her experience!

Opera San Jose recently invited us to attend opening night of Puccini’s La Rondine, and as I have a few friends who are crazy about opera, I decided to give it a go. The result was that I loved La Rondine and cannot wait to attend more shows at Opera San Jose. I also think that everyone would love this show whether you think you would like opera or not. The problem in which I find myself now is that I realize I have no real knowledge of opera, so this review is going to be written from a strictly layperson’s point of view.

But perhaps this is a good thing. Because I went into this show with an open mind and came out a huge fan, and I am a little disappointed to realize I have missed a lot of opera productions over the years. But perhaps I can encourage some readers to give it a try with my novice’s take on the delightful show.

RTWT. Really.

28. April 2010 · Comments Off on Funny … Or Not? · Categories: Videos

Sometimes a band or orchestra director just wants to lose it. And so watching this part of me cheers and part of me thinks that it probably scared the heck out of these kids until the “ah-hah!” moment and I wonder if that’s okay. Hmmm. Sometimes I think I’m too serious. (Who … ME?!)

Please do watch until the end or you won’t get it:

28. April 2010 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: TQOD

seem to have destroyed my lips playing the Oboe today. lots of pain and i still have more to play!

28. April 2010 · Comments Off on MQOD · Categories: Quotes

I’ve always said a good song will survive almost anything, and some of these things were ripped off wholesale from classical music, anyway.


Read here.

I often feel like I can’t come up with a darn thing for the twitter operaplot contest, and yet I keep trying. Go figure! I guess I am competitive after all. Hmmm.

I had totally forgotten what I did last year, so I’m glad that they are up for me to see (and get embarrassed over). Some are so bad I can’t post them here. Some are moderately acceptable, so I’ll admit to them, although they just aren’t clever enough to win anything.

I’m sure you can guess the operas:

@pattyoboe – Smoking hot might win the guys, especially with her fiery eyes. But it’s bound to kill her too, ’tis true. No bull

@pattyoboe – opera haiku: sad sack hides daughter/cad tries to get her in sack/daughter dies in sack

@pattyoboe – They both may die a Shakespearean death, but this time they take their last breath together. Lucky kids.

@pattyoboe – I must marry who mom said/Why can’t you love me instead?/I’ll shoot myself with your husband’s gun/Kiss/Die/Opera done

… the weird thing is that I had forgotten about these and some new ones are awfully close to what I did last year. More embarrassment! Sigh.

So far I’ve submitted seven this year. I’ll post ’em all when the contest has ended (Friday). Or maybe I’ll post ’em all. I might decide they simply aren’t presentable enough. We’ll see!