Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ildebrando D'Arcangelo Don Giovanni Salzburg 2014

Remember the stage is the perfect love triangle. Lenneke Ruiten and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo run upstairs and downstairs. Here is Don Giovanni still pursuing Donna Anna, who has run into the hotel lobby crying for help.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Outlander 2014

When Claire traveled through the stones at Craigh na Dun, she was wearing a plaid shawl, a thin belt, and a wristwatch. Ron D Moore and the production designers had Claire lose her wristwatch (not invented in 1743). When she arrived in 1743, Claire arose from her plaid shawl and left it on the grass.Claire also lost her thin belt. However, look who is using a borrowed belt as a sling.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Opera: Journey From Wilderness to Paradise

Good news: my ebook is uploaded to Amazon! my deep tribute to Mozart, Da Ponte, the two operas they wrote (Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni), the great singers Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Anna Netrebko, the conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, and of course audiences from the past 250 years who have enjoyed these two works of art. Because of copyright law in the United States, I had to delete all the links to Youtube examples that should follow the appropriate sentences and paragraphs in the text. Maybe in another century that will be possible.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ildebrando D'arcangelo

The return of Don Giovanni to life as archetype. The textures make this screen capture. Ildebrando D'arcangelo portrays warmth, happiness, and just a touch of farewell, but he fully comes back to life chasing in the final Salzburg 2014.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Outlander 2014

By now, Outlander is an international phenomenon. Thanks to Starz, Outlander is finally an adaptation for cable and online viewing. Here is a brief excerpt of the best introduction ever for a major literary character:

“Sounds a bit rude, but not very ghostly,” I observed, draining my glass.  What did he look like?

“Big chap,” said Frank, frowning in recollection.  “And a Scot in complete Highland rig-out, complete to sporran and the most beautiful running stag brooch on his plaid.  I wanted to ask where he’d got it from, but he was off before I could.”

I went to the bureau and poured another drink.  “Well, not so unusual an appearance for these parts, surely? I’ve seen men dressed like that in the village now and then.”

“Nooo . . .” Frank sounded doubtful.  “No, it wasn’t his dress that was odd.  But when he pushed past me, I could swear he was close enough that I should have felt him brush my sleeve—but I didn’t.” 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Verdi Requiem Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

Successful performance Friday and Saturday 03 and 04 October 2014. Hope to see excerpts soon on Youtube, given the performance was a memorial tribute to the late conductor Claudio Abbado.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Outlander King and Queen of Hearts 21st Century

When they emerge from the stone cottage and are standing together for the first time, it looks like they've come from the womb of the earth, a great chapter title . The emergence is the wedding ceremony.