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“I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn’t last long”

Born on this day in 1920 actress Shelley Winters. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHMXh2wNook Born on this day in 1750 composer Antonio Salieri. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4gNu_i15a8 Born on this day in 1849 composer Benjamin Godard. ...

August 17   -  

My new philosophy

The classical music world loves to note beginnings and endings, so “Trove Thursday” does its part in commemorating the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death this year with a rollicking performance of his delightful ...

August 17   -  

Action speaks louder than words

Born on this day in 1893 actress and playwright Mae West. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6HBqcoEyTg Born on this day in 1686 composer Nicola Porpora. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-3Fs0xa6Kk On this day in 1876 Wagner’s Götterdámmerung ...

August 17   -  

Vedrai, piccolo amor

Good news, Puccini fans! According to this photo, it looks like Anna Netrebko has changed her mind and will be singing Madama Butterfly after all! //www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV-ii5jMIzQ

August 16   -  

“The truer challenge, the deeper obligation, begins after the the camera stops”

Happy 89th birthday actress Ann Blyth. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=imZeCb9D4eg On this day in 1876 Wagner’s Siegfried premiered at the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPUWbAu0yz4 Born on this day in 1795 composer Heinrich ...

August 15   -  

Peace with your cries of useless lament!

Born on this day in 1933 soprano Rita Hunter. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Lh_Y2rcsso Born on this day in 1771 novelist Walter Scott. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpMWJVPWOTQ Born on this day in 1872 composer Harold Fraser-Simson. ...

August 14   -  

All they are saying is give peace a chance

Two of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century both happened to be gay and ardent pacifists. We examine their musical commentaries this week with Der Prinz von Homburg by Hans Werner Henze and Owen Wingrave by Benjamin Britten. Henze is, for ...

August 14   -  

Nunzio di gioia è il bel sorriso

Happy 57th birthday soprano Cecilia Gasdia. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5CD6EfZCig Born on this day in 1892 soprano Emma Luart. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtK_6nIDrXU Born on this day in 1901 conductor Franz Konwitschny. ...

August 13   -  

Music in the air

Happy 69th birthday soprano Kathleen Battle. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr6zmTnpr8c On this day in 1876 the Bayreuth Festspielhaus opens with the first complete performance of the Ring. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=v38pvBZlcaU Born on this day in 1893 ...

August 12   -  

Stranger off a train

Born on this day in 1888 actress Marion Lorne. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSMrqkwc2vA Born on this day in 1891 tenor Antonio Cortis. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuObhU0ab_w Born on this day in 1892 mezzo-contralto Maria Olszewska. ...
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