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It was a dark and stormy night

Born on this day in 1797 author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley.  

Born on this day in 1922 soprano/mezzo-soprano/opera director Regina Resnik

Born on this day in 1930 conductor Mario Bernardi

Born on this day in 1936 bass-baritone Peter van der Bilt

Happy 70th birthday composer David Schiff

Happy 60th birthday countertenor Dominique Visse

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Terrific movie about the director of Bride of Frankenstein’s director. Great movie . . .

  • -Ed.

    Ha! Your thread title reminded me to check on the results of this year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.

    My favorite:

    “The janitor’s body lay just inside the door, a small puncture wound below his right ear made with a long thin screwdriver, the kind electricians use and can often be found in the bargain bin at the hardware store and come with a pair of cheap wire cutters that you never use because they won’t cut wire worth a damn and at best will only put a small indent in the wire so you can at least bend it back and forth until it breaks.”

  • Rackon

    Yes, God’s and Monsters is a wonderful film -- McKellen should’ve won the Oscar that year. Director and star re teamed for the recent “Holmes”, still playing in many theaters.

    • Indeed, a great film and great performances by McKellan, Fraser and L. Redgrave. Sadly, Sir Ian lost the Oscar to that buffoon Roberto Benigni.

      • Porgy Amor

        I was rooting for Nick Nolte for Affliction among that crop, but Edward Norton (American History X or McKellen would have been an improvement over what happened, yes.

  • vilbastarda

    Did any parterrian attend dell’Arte Opera’s Rosina by Hiram Titus, and care to share their thoughts? I went last Sunday, and have mixed feelings. Of course the subject is great for opera, and nice to see the third of Beaumarchais’ work set to music, and the young singers and orchestra at dell’Arte Opera poured their hearts into this production. The standout was tenor Christopher Lilley.

    Maybe Mr. m.Croche could shed some light into Hiram Titus’ compositions and style. There were some truly nice musical moments in this opera, but to my naive ears it didn’t really come together. It sounded to me like an exam in composition class with the theme “let’s see how many styles you can fit into one work”, and this opera would get a solid B. But I’m curious to hear other’s opinions.

  • Buster

    Next year’s Kundry in Bayreuth: Elena Pankratova!

    • ML

      Could be wonderful.