Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weston Investigates Dental Detail

Coming soon, my next mystery novel. Dental implants play a part in the mystery. A 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.

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!

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?

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The only 5% I dislike is the end. It's difficult to present Attila as "Il Re" but then at the very end have two men grab his wrists. However, the end ends quickly when Odabella stabs him with

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.