Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo Verdi Reuiem ABAO 2016

Photo credit: William Maselli to whom we owe mille grazie of course, in English and Italian and any other language of the heart.




Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weston Investigates: Cremation Urn Dental Detail and Research

My next mystery novel, Cremation Urn, on Amazon. Dental implants play a part in the mystery. A writing tip shared by a friend: you can use Word Global Search and Replace to remove the formal two spaces after a period at the end of the sentence. The space (as in two spaces after a period) is a character.

Link to the mystery novel on Amazon

The novel contains a couple of tributes. One is to Jack Kerouac, born on 12Mar1922; see if you can find it.

Other Weston Investigates detail on this blog are entries dated 17Mar2015.







Daisy may have visited some of these islands off the coast of Italy.

Research datedv15Apr2015 Best islands not touristy 15Apr2015




The idea behind the Rivio mansion foyer: based on a skylight and interior design in the Paris hotel, Four Seasons George V Hotel Paris Revew photo 21 of 37







The model for the statement necklace Kate wore during the Weston Country Club event. Thanks to Penland 2015, the North Carolina artist colony.

 







Alex's residence on his land, more sleeping porch than interior space:




Alex may have an outside shower on his land.



During her time in a Weston city jail, Daisy visited the jail library. The April 2016 Yes magazine contains an article on improving life in prison. http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/life-after-oil/5-prisons-improving-life-on-the-inside-20160314



Thursday, January 28, 2016

Attila from 24January2016 Performance

Well done performance.Teatro Comunale Bologna assembled a great creative team. If you search Google for Bologna, Italy, wow, beautiful location. Il Re's entrance! Link to the high resolution recording:


Ildebrando D'Arcangelo's solo and encore on Youtube; you may have to cut-and-paste into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-mcffoUB98



A well done entrance. Much better to let the orchestra tower and then Attila walks in, preferable to Attila arriving standing on top of a tower, war memorial, or Trojan Horse . The production team make good use of the darkness at the back of the stage. Mysterious. Invites the audience to use their imagination: what is back there?


Update: Full length version on Youtube; you may have to cut-and-paste the link into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTshM2uUVDs


Previous: Youtube Link: Removed, copyright claim; however, there are many RAI broadcasts on Youtube, so the copyright strike might be removed in the future and the 2016 version restored to Youtube. Perhaps this version will be released commercially; it is excellent. The transition from Attila as "Il Re" to captive is always tricky. Two men grab his wrists and slip ropes over his wrists (love the assonance). Interesting that one of the men shoves Odabella away Attila, a mini coup-de-grace. The end proceeds within seconds. Odabella stabs Attila in revenge for her father's death.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo and Cast Le Nozze Di Figaro Berlin Nov 2015

Ildebrando= great actor. There is nothing, nothing, nothing of Don Giovanni in this scene. Same holds true for the entire opera. He disappears into a character. Thanks to Staatsoper Berlin Unter Den Linden Schiller Theatre and photographer Matthias Baus.


The first time I saw the photo below, I thought wow, does Ildebrando fall through the chair? I bet the insurers don't like the risk. He and Anna Prohaska crawl through the canvas back of the chair. The staging leaves insurers free to think about racing goggles.


Friday, September 18, 2015

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo Don Giovanni Japan 2015

Donna Elvira (Joyce DiDonato) her gown has script on it and there is script flowing across the three floor set. I thought perhaps Don Giovanni (Ildebrando D'Arcangelo) gets caught in the words during the Commendatore Scene. That's not exactly what happens, as you can see the image of Donna Elvira or perhaps Donna Anna on the set.


Review http://yuichi-higuchi.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2015/09/nhk-f3db.html