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Happy Solar Eclipse!

The cher public are invited to post their favorite eclipse, sun and/or moon related YouTube clips in the comments section below.

Born on this day in 1896 soprano Queena Mario.

Born on this day in 1918 mezzo-soprano Miriam Pirazzini.

Happy 84th birthday mezzo-soprano Janet Baker.

On this day in 1986 the Charles Strouse/Stephen Schwartz/Teresa Stratas musical Rags opened on Broadway and closed after four performances.

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  • Ivy Lin

    I made both the cereal box contraption and the white cardboard keyhole contraption for this.

  • Donna Annina

    My music worm has been Carly Simon (not my favorite) singing that line from “You’re So Vain,” the one about going to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun….

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    • Ramon Figueroa

      Was the delicious presentation of the guards’ buttocks in the second stanza intentional? Ah, the early seventies in New York.

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  • Leontiny

    As a Vickers queen since 1968 I had only that aria, and someone with very good taste got there before me :) I heard him do this twice live at the end of his career. He used that soft high head voice for “moon” and had us on our knees. Thanks for posting a great memory.

  • Has anyone seen any commentary in the media about the obvious parallels between the incest storylines on Game of Thrones and the Ring of the Nibelung? (Please stop reading here if you fear “spoilers.”) The difference, of course, being that Wagner pretty unambiguously celebrates Siegmund & Sieglinde, while the relationship between Jaime and Cersei on Game of Thrones comes off as repulsive. There’s a also a more recent storyline on the show — which last night became all but explicit — which is an aunt/nephew thing, like Bruennhilde and Siegfried.

    Given the wild popularity of this show, it is subject to detailed commentary in multiple publications after every episode. I’ve always thought it uneven, though it has great moments; I would say that it has declined in quality in this season especially, with recent episodes having the slapdash feel of a rush job. But in any case, it’s amusing to me that in discussions of the more recent incest storyline, most of the commentators see it as daring and new to portray the incestuous relationship sympathetically, when there’s a pretty obvious precedent.

    Obviously, familiarity with the Ring is no longer considered a mandatory part of someone’s cultural education, so most people don’t know it. But you would think that at least a few of the people who are paid to comment on this show would know it. I would assume that the creator of the story, George R.R. Martin, would be familiar. But I’ve seen no references to Wagner whatsoever.

    Obviously none of this is eclipse-related, but the most recent episode aired last night, and I take it we can use this as the open thread…

    • Rick

      Frankly, I do not see any parallels between Sieglinde/Siegmund and Cersei/Jaime (apart from them being siblings having sex and getting children). There are many more cases in litterature and real life history about siblings having kids together -- was it not feature of Ancient Egypt among the pharaohs -- and what about the early Targaryans? Do you also see parallels between such stories and Siegmund/Sieglinde?

      • Ivy Lin

        I’m seeing more of a parallel between Jon/Dany and Brunnhilde/Siegfried.
        Cersei and Jamie grew up together and started sleeping together as soon as they knew about the birds and the bees. Siegmund and Sieglinde grew up apart and were wildly attracted to each other after a lifetime apart.

        • Cicciabella

          That’s right. Siegmund and Sieglinde experience Genetic Sexual Attraction, now regarded as a not-that-rare psychological phenomenon between siblings and parents and their biological children. Growing up apart, their physical attraction to each other was not suppressed by the incest taboo, and then, when they met each other, boom! Cersei and Jaime are aware of the taboo, but transgress it anyway.

      • Monabel

        If it’s literary incest you want, you can’t do better than Thomas Mann’s The Holy Sinner.

  • WindyCityOperaman

    Apropos to the discussion, and to greeting the sun . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm7-t0I9tMQ

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  • Magpie

    Well, Cat Stevens was my pick. I don’t think that there is any song that manages to describe the instant that that totality occurs and time seems to stop…..nor, the odd quality of the light….
    However, while I waited for totality somehow I ended up listening to Perfume Genius……go figure…He seemed as befitting as any other music.

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    • agh1

      What lovely Handel singing from a very fine tenor. However, I was reminded how when I attended Vicker’s first London performance of Samson in 1958 a friend was shocked by his performance of the part. Not at all like the British tenor Handel singers he was used to, and which Rolfe-Johnson and, these days, Mark Padmore represent. But for me Vickers was Samson: a true hero who, in his rage, was capable of pulling down the pillars of the temple, whereas Rolfe-Johnson and the other tenors I have heard sing this aria might conceivably have taken part in a protest march. I returned for several other Vickers’ Samsons and, of course, Sutherland’s magnificent Israelite Woman

      • CCorwinNYC

        I’m glad agh1 mentioned the 1958 Vickers Samson (with the two Joans) as it’s far superior to his performances from the 1980s. Samson has always been a Handel role that attracted unusual interpreters--Richard Tucker, Jan Peerce, Ernst Haefliger, Peter Schreier, etc.

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