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Constant as the northern star

On this day in 46 BC, Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.

Born on this day in 1898 composer George Gershwin

Born on this day in 1908 composer Eugen Suchon

Born on this day in 1930 tenor Fritz Wunderlich

Happy 67th birthday baritone Dale Duesing

Happy 65th birthday soprano Deborah Polaski

Happy 64th birthday tenor Gary Lakes

  • redbear

    Why not? The Rossini Opera Festival has a new site for their American friends.
    http://www.rossiniamerica.org

  • Indiana Loiterer III
  • I can’t bear to listen to the Wunderlich clip. Such a glorious singer taken from us so young!

  • Milady DeWinter

    T Wonderful WindyCityOpera Man:

    I see that this is not the first time you have used an image from the ONE and ONLY fabulous, much-dissed 1963 epic of epics, Cleopatra.

    I’m sure you know all about the legendary cut scenes, how the film was really supposed to be over 6 hours, and was brutally cut as publicity rose to a fever pitch, coffers emptied, and studio execs broke their worry beads over the antics of Liz and Dick.
    Well I came across a site, apparently by a Hollywood insider and devotee of Elizabeth Taylor (and who isn’t?) in which the entire film’s shooting (and shot) script, along with stills of the excised scenes, are finally available.
    Where these scenes are, and if they have the soundtrack to synch with them, is anybody’s guess. Rumors swirl that they are in Prague, Patagonia, Hooterville, or Bel Air. All I know is that finally you can actually see (sort of) what could have been, and the roles that got cut down to nothing (Roddy McDowell, Martin Landau, Hume Cronyn, even the young Jean Marsh as Octavia, among many others) and even much of the principals’ scenes.

    Of course, there are some for whom an extra 20 seconds of this most famous and derided of all movie epics would be 20 seconds too much, but as a hardcore fan myself, I found it fascinating and vindicating -- all that money, suffering, literate scripting by Mankiewicz, and spectacle really IS (or could have been) there on the screen.
    I find it endlessly fascinating and perhaps you or some other like-minded folks in the parterriat would as well. The site is just a bit hinky, but I believe I’ve linked it to the start of the “Restored Cleopatra”, page 1.

    http://www.elizabethtaylorthelegend.com/Elizabeth%20Taylor%20-%20Restored%20Cleopatra%20Main%20Page.html

    • WindyCityOperaman

      httpvh//www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GdOSiG5zWU

      • Milady DeWinter

        ?? Sorry -- link doesn’t work—
        MdW

        • WindyCityOperaman

          Trying again:

          • WindyCityOperaman

            Fascinating website by the way. The trivia on the imdb is fascinating as well. The effect the 1963 Cleopatra had on the Fox studios and all of the films participants is stuff of legend. One of was whether Marilyn Monroe was scapegoated for La Taylor’s whims when the former Mrs Miller was trying to get “Something’s Got to Give” back into production after they pulled the plug on it. It was thanks to 1965’s Trapp Family Musical and 1967’s cinematic rendition of Jackie Susann’s trash novel to put Fox back into the black.

  • rysanekfreak

    And on this day in 2014, I discovered this incredible clip on YouTube.

    You say you don’t like Bartoli’s coloratura?
    You don’t like countertenors?
    You don’t like drag?
    You don’t like people poking fun at opera?
    You don’t like Vivaldi activity numbers?

    Try this Korean countertenor doing his parody of Bartoli!

    • OMG, rysanekfreak, this guy is brilliant! These parodies can get tired pretty fast but this guy is perfect and and had me LOLing the whole way. And one has to credit his great speed too. He wouldn’t have been able to do such a credible parody without the coloratura chops.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Today’s pop quiz:

    http://www.playbuzz.com/lyricoperaofkansascity10/what-leading-lady-of-opera-are-you

    I got L’Italiana in Algieri. Weird.

    LOC opening night Don Giovanni tomorrow night wfmt.com

  • Milady DeWinter

    Hilarious rysanekfreak! Oh the wonders of the Mighty Tube!
    Got a kick out of “Cleopatterer” too -- all those June Allyson musicals were so much fun. She was cute, not pretty, but cute in a very distinctive way, and so very talented.
    Yes, isn’t that Restored Cleopatra sort of amazing? Or, as I borrowed the phrase from our marshiemark, the ‘ONE and OMLY Cleopatra’.
    The proposed Angelina Jolie re-make does not excite, not in this age of CGI John De Cuiurs!