The ACC – A Shitty, Shitty, Shitty, Shitty Christmas

Thanks to Jack SkyBlue’s urging, this became a reality.  Wrote this at 4 to 5 am-ish as I was preparing to leave for Dallas Fort Worth airport and return to HI, in the probably the most sheltered household I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying in.  This is admittedly “12 Pains of Christmas” inspired, but instead I’ve chosen to butcher “Carol of the Bells”; while I like the tune, my complete ignorance of the lyrics has made it far easier.  20 Christmas cards and one broken wine glass later, here we are.  Ding dong, ding dong.

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My Thoughts on Puccini’s La Boheme starring Elena Guseva

It is the night before I leave for Helsinki for my Christmas and New Year’s break. So, what better way to greet my holiday than with a soprano I read a lot about online, yet have not seen nor heard her live, the fine, young lirico-spinto soprano, Signorina Elena Guseva. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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My Thoughts on Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at the Komische Oper Berlin

The festive season continues and this time we are traveling back to the 1920’s with a surreal, vivid, magnificent, and amusing production of Mozart’s final opera The Magic Flute, which is, in turn, a grand homage to silent films, way before the talkies came to fruition. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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My Thoughts on Bellini’s Norma starring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton

Let us all celebrate an extraordinary Winter Solstice with two grand divas who portray two iconic priestesses, one whose voice soars like an eagle in the form of Angela Meade’s Norma and the other whose voice has the steely plushness and fiery blaze of a meteor in the form of Jamie Barton’s Adalgisa. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.

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