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A name gasped in the night

On this day in 1945 Mildred Price starring Joan Crawford premiered at New York City’s Strand Theater.  

Born on this day in 1803 novelist Prosper Mérimée

Born on this day in 1901 television host Ed Sullivan

Born on this day in 1908 composer Marin Goleminov

Born on this day in 1913 composer Vivian Fine

Happy 81st birthday actress, singer and animal activist Brigitte Bardot

Happy 66th birthday tenor Hans Peter Blochwitz

Happy 62nd birthday soprano Janice Hall

  • messa di voce

    Just imagine a Mildred Pierce opera twenty years ago: Leonie in the title role, Angela as Ann Blyth, and a cameo by Gail Gilmore as Eve Arden.

    • Camille

      oh my g-dd, that just makes me drool to even contemplate the glory of it all! What genius casting!!! Who would be Mr Monty whatsisname? And the Jack Carson role, forget his character name. Always like Jack Carson.

      • manou

        Marco Berti

        • manou

          (for Jack Carson)

          • manou

            Fabio Armiliato for Zachary Scott.

            • Camille

              Oh gee--I am so fond of fabulous Fabio, I hate to think of him as a sleaze bag. I can still remember him THROWING himself into Poliuto at Carnegie Hall, as if he would magically morph himself into being FRANCO il DIVO UNICO!! He tried so damn hard all the time, in these outsize roles that I really began to admire him a whole lot. I even saw his shower-singing scene in that crappy Woody Allen movie which takes place in Roma, what was it called, something stupid like “To Rome with Love” or “from Rome with love”, or quelque chose —

              Zachary Scott was a weasel. Gotta find some fading character baritone/tenor or someone else!

              Barkin’ Berti works pretty well, though!

          • Camille

            Oh good!

            • manou

              Sorry about Fabby Fabio -- it was the moustache…..also I was just plucking names out of the air. I am sure others can do much better.

            • Camille

              we will put a crack team of parterrians on it, so don’t you worry.

  • armerjacquino

    What happened to Blochwitz? For a while there he looked like Wunderlich II, but it never quite came to pass.

  • Henry Holland

    Here’s a trailer to my favorite Joan Crawford movie (admittedly, I’m not a big fan overall so I haven’t seen much of her stuff besides the popular ones):

    Today is the birthday of Martin Bernheimer, born in 1936 in Munich. I know he had a lot of detractors when he was at the Los Angeles Times because they thought he was always negative in his reviews. I never saw it that way, he just pointed that not every night at the symphony, opera or ballet was a transcendent religious experience.

    • Camille

      He was pretty negative about a LOT of stuff, except Bev Sills. I turned him off. And then I moved away…..

      …..Years later, I rediscover him in Financial Times and suddenly am hit by what an intelligent critic he is! Maybe he was all along and I just didn’t know enough to know what he was all about or talking about.

      Anyway, Happy Birthday to Uncle Bernie, as I’m wont to call him! I grew up with him and he was a part of my life for a long, long time. One of the best little interviews he did was one with Joan Sutherland in a Volkswagen, back in the mid-sixties. They reprinted that one at the time of her demise and it still read well and was still cute.

  • Camille

    And speaking of movies — for the connoisseurs —- this week at MoMA the legendary Fyodor CHALIAPINE will be seen in his interpretation of Don Quixote in the eponymous 1933 French film by G. W. Pabst, (Thursday October 1st at 1:30 p.m.).
    See http://www.MoMA.org for more information, under FILM.

    There will be a repeat screening on Friday, October 16th at 1:30 p.m., in case one has a conflict. Unfortunately, you will have to pay for the film (about ten bucks, I think) as it will not be before the GRATIS hours, commencing at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

  • Ilka Saro

    I saw the Met Otello last night. I deliberately avoided reading reviews etc. I ALREADY had pre-conceived expectations, and reviews would have just driven all my pre-conceptions.

    Yoncheva was terrific. A very pleasant discovery. I am curious what she will show up in over the next few years and I have high hopes, even if Met casting is always a gamble.

    Antonenko? I already kind of knew that I don’t care for his voice much. Ditto Lucic.

    Nezet Seguin offered a very cohesive reading of the score. It became clearer than ever, as the opera progresses, that Otello’s music becomes more and more like Iago’s, until when in his final confrontatation with Desdemona in Act IV he might as well be singing Iago’s “Credo”. I’ve always been vaguely aware of this, but the delineation was never so clear. AND Yannick balances out all that musical genius with the disarming adorability of his appearance.