Well hello, everyone! Sorry to have been away from you for so long. By the time my webmaster fixed this once gimpy blog, I was up to my ears in writing assignments. Go here and follow the links to learn what I have been up to. (I saw Parsifal six times and would have been glad to see it sixty times. It was by far the most moving and beautiful operatic performance I have ever had the good fortune to witness, and I cannot wait for the DVD.)
Above is a photo I found on Facebook that I have never seen before. It supposedly shows Maria Callas in Dallas, reading through the Lucia libretto, in 1959. She sports her post-Meneghini coiffure, which I believe was created by Alexandre in Paris, and I think that the poodle’s name is Toy.
Shall we listen to Callas in Lucia? Though I do not favor her earliest recordings, this excerpt from Donizetti’s opera as performed in México in 1952 finds Callas in lush and secure voice. (The Dallas Lucia, by contrast, was fraught for many reasons and marked her final appearnces in Donizetti and Cammarano’s dramma tragico.)
The siffleur is exceedingly loud, and the music is embedded in a Flash player, which you may not see if you view this blog on a mobile device. (Incidentally, last night I heard the world premiere of a song cycle by Anders Hillborg that, like Lucia, calls for a glass harmonica.)
How are you darlings? I have hundreds of comments, mostly spam, to wade through, but hope to be back soon.