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“Humble and loyal”

On this day in 1509 Henry VIII of England married Catherine of Aragon.  

Born on this day in 1864 composer Richard Strauss

Born on this day in 1913 mezzo-soprano Risë Stevens

Happy 89th birthday composer Carlisle Floyd

Happy 73rd birthday soprano Marina Krilovici

  • WindyCityOperaman

    RIP actor Christopher Lee

    • Henry Holland

      I’ve seen him mostly in Hammer/horror stuff, but I love him in The Wicker Man.

      RIP Mr. Lee.

      • armerjacquino

        I’ve got his recording of THE KING AND I somewhere, with Valerie Masterson and Sally Burgess. It’s, shall we say, an *odd* recording.

      • WindyCityOperaman

        I always had the impression that Hammer Horror was operatic in scope! I always felt for some sweet young RADA student who toiled at mastering the classics and ended up in one of these!

        • gustave of montreal

          Nice. Nice way to start this cloudy Friday morning at 05:50 with a hot coffee. But where is the garlic ?

  • RIP jazz adventurer Ornette Coleman

    • Henry Holland

      Years ago, I found a copy of the boxset of his Atlantic albums Beauty Is a Rare Thing for cheap and I was blown away by the music. I’d only known Free Jazz before that, the rest of it was a revelation.

      I only saw him live once, at Disney Hall in 2004. He was 74, his playing had some iffy moments breath and pitch-wise but he still had IT. My friend and I walked out stunned, we were so glad to have heard him live.

      RIP Mr. Coleman.

  • gustave of montreal

    poor Caballé so flat, she’s making a real culera of herself.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    It comes in threes.

    RIP actor Ron Moody

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Did all of us non-New Yorkers get our new Met season ticket brochures in the mail yesterday? Things always look so exciting on glossy paper, and yet . . .

  • Does anyone here have inside information — or otherwise interesting stories — on this year’s Bayreuth shitstorm? Supposedly Eva has been banned from the festival a year before she was to have retired anyway, and there are allegations that Thielemann — who is close to Katharina — instigated the whole thing. Barenboim weighs in with a statement in Eva’s defense, adding conductor rivalry to the usual rivalry inside the world’s weirdest family dynasty.

    I would imagine our resident German commenters may have something knowledgeable to say. Sorry if this has already been discussed and I missed it; I’ve been more preoccupied than usual and haven’t been reading much here.

  • Hey Louie

    Happy birthday, immortal Strauss. Ombra mai fu!

  • Never heard of Marina Krilovici but what a lovely voice. I have fond memories of Marilyn Zschau. Met her in the 80s when she was about to do Hoffman Giulietta and got to go backstage to see her. The next year, I saw her in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in which she was just spectacular. And again got to go backstage. She is a lovely woman. We chat on Facebook now.