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  • armerjacquino: +1 to kash. 7:09 PM
  • JohninSeattle: Having prepared dozens and dozens on of year end financial statements, preparing work papers for independent... 7:02 PM
  • antikitschychick: Interesting that she turned down Norma. If she is best at tragic roles, I should think Norma would be a great role for... 6:30 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: “This is Chicago, kid. You can’t beat fresh blood on the walls.” 5:57 PM
  • phoenix: Thanks Camille – I didn’t even know about this, but it’s not likely I would have sought out Viorica Ursuleac on... 5:55 PM
  • Henry Holland: Happy birthday to Hans Werner Henze, composer of one of my favorite operas, The Bassarids: : httpv:// 5:27 PM
  • phoenix: You are kidding? I didn’t even know about that – and I certainly should have. 5:23 PM
  • phoenix: Speaking of a large auditorium, are they doing Daphne at Avery Fisher? It is large but what beautiful acoustics last time I went... 5:06 PM

Pas de quatre

“La couleur dramatique l’emporte irrésistiblement, surtout quand il s’agit de satisfaire aux exigences insensées d’une écriture faite de combinaisons et d’alternances de registres vertigineux.” Read more »

The Adam family

On this day in 1841 the Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique in Paris premiered the ballet Giselle.   Read more »

Ha, wie begreifst du schnell und wohl!

Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden. The identity of the winner (and of all 13 howling witches) will be revealed after the jump.   Read more »

dark shadows

I didn’t say she was dead; I said I killed her

On this day in 1966 Dark Shadows premiered on ABC-TV.

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Wahre Liebe fürchtet nicht

On this day the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.

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roof garden

Slaughter on Madison Avenue

On this day in 1906, architect Stanford White was shot dead atop Madison Square Garden by Harry Thaw, jealous husband of Evelyn Nesbit, White’s former mistress.

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Knowledge was naught

On this day in 1374 a sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causeed people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.

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On this day in 1868 Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for an invention he called the “Type-Writer.”

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Two Women


Three blocks from the opera house is a terrible time to realize there was homework.

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A tree grows in Göteborg

When John AdamsA Flowering Tree had its world premiere in Vienna in 2006, critical reaction from the Austrian and German press was mixed-to-negative.

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