Cher Public

With crows

On this day in 1901 a showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, created a sensation.

Born on this day in 1863 librettist Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti

Born on this day in 1901 soprano Franca Somigli

Born on this day in 1902 tenor Walter Ludwig

Born on this day in 1920 composer John La Montaine

Born on this day in 1930 mezzo-soprano Betty Allen

Born on this day in 1935 mezzo-soprano Elisabeth Steiner

Happy 63rd birthday soprano Beverly Morgan

  • Camille

    Erin go Bragh!

    Don’t forget to wear green today, wherever you may come from!

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Happy St Pat’s day Parterrians. Some of my favorite songs and performances:

    • turings

      Thanks for these – I usually don’t like Sinéad O’Connor doing trad, because she tends to emote all over it, but that was fun.

      Here’s some Luke Kelly and some Planxty, for the day that’s in it.

      • turings

        Showcasing, both of them, the folk-singer’s grimace of sincerity.

    • WindyCityOperaman

      Forgot one more . . .

      • Milady DeWinter

        Ah! You saved the best for last…thank you, or “Go raibh maith agat”, which is Gaelic I am told, and quite long. But then, the Irish love to spin those tales.

  • quibbleglib

    But how could we forget!

  • Camille

    This has nothing whatsoever to do with today, except for today’s headline regarding a famous painter, which brings to mind the most excellent film about the life of one very favorite painter of mine, namely, JMW Turner, now playing in a very few restricted venues, L.A. and New York. The film is succinctly entitled Mr. Turner, and is the last twenty-five years of life as imagined and researched by one Mike Leigh, and which debuted in the U.K.late last year. The reviews are almost universally excellent and, I unhumbly feel, with very good reason.

    I cannot recommend it highly enough as a beautiful, insightful, quirky, inspiring film, a real tour de force acting job by Mr Timothy Spall as the aforesaid Mr Turner, for which he won the best actor award at the Cannes Film Festival. Really, BRAVO TUTTI!
    If you care about painting or just would like a refreshing glimpse of the work of a real artist, it will be a breath of fresh air and life-giving.

  • Camille

    One of the greatest of all the bards from Ireland, Oscar WILDE, is commemorated in this rededication ceremony at Père Lachaise, at which Rupert Everett reads from Wilde’s De Profundis.