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    Opera Suggestions, II

    From Upstate New York somewhere. Local boys made good. ETA: Cooperstown
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    @kwanfan1818 Thank you; I will definitely check it out. In addition to my fandom for Dwayne Croft, I am also a fan of his brother, Richard Croft. Satyagraha, with RC, knocked me out when I heard it at the Met about 10-12 years ago; I was spellbound.
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    What was the #1 song on the day you were born?

    “Ole Buttermilk Sky” by Kay Kyser and His Orchestra
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    Well, there's his singing, but besides that I feel it's because Croft's Almaviva is not a doddering old fool having a midlife crisis. When the production emphasizes the comedic at the expense of the sexual politics then the opera is over before it starts. When I saw it at City Opera, I got the...
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    The only difference between this cast and the night I saw this in the House was the Countess; I didn’t care whether I heard Fleming or not and I had never seen Felicity Lott, so out of curiosity I went the one night Lott sang. I became a Mentzer fan for life on the basis of her Cherubino and...
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    OK, I just laughed and cried my way through The Marriage of Figaro from the Met before the link expired today. I could watch that production/performance 100 times over before I would ever consider a return to the Met for their current production. For the record: I can't stand the Met's current...
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    News & Experiences continued

    I had a childhood friend who lived 4 houses down the block from me. One week she had a father, a mother, and a younger sister. One week later she had a father and a younger sister. It was the 32-year old mother who caught polio and died in the space of a week. The rest of the family was fine.
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    News & Experiences continued

    NY seems to be plateauing (but nothing is certain), but this moves in waves and I think it is just moving across the country east to west. While we here in the east recover a bit, it's going to surge in the midwest and west. Unfortunately. (Because we don't effective national leadership.)
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    @kwanfan1818 I just spent the afternoon wallowing in this. I saw it at the Met originally and loved it, BUT the only thing I could remember about it was the bed scene. It's just as wonderful as I remembered. The night I went the three of them brought the house down with that scene.
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    News & Experiences continued

    @BlueRidge Cuomo has mentioned many times that he is vice-chair of the National Governors Association and Hogan in the chair. Cuomo also recently mentioned that the governors were having a teleconference call that included all of them. I infer from this that they talked economic districts...
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    News & Experiences continued

    Gov. Cuomo just announced NY Pause to continue in co-ordination with other states until May 15.
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    News & Experiences continued

    NY, NJ, and CT have regional efforts going on, per Governor Cuomo.
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    Food in isolation

    I emptied the wastebasket in my bedroom today; there was nothing in it but junk food bags and candy wrappers. I found 2 large ripple chips bags, a goldfish bag, large size M&Ms and miniature Almond Joy bags. I think there was even an empty cookie bag or two. This is not good!
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    Opera Suggestions, II

    Pearl Fishers for me.
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    As the Page Turns (the Book Thread)

    If anyone wants to read a doorstop book while sheltering in place during these trying times, there is an online group at apublicspace.org that is reading War and Peace - at 12-15 pages a day. The read along is designed to last approximately 3 months. People from all over the world have joined...
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