I was cleaning out my email Inbox and found I had sent this to myself, from one of Piotr Beczala's social media posts (emphasis mine):
Good morning! Yesterday many of you have asked me for grandma Elżbieta’s walnut cake recipe. Here it is:
I am an instant Ryan McKinny fan because of this and also the entire Act IV Finale of Marriage of Figaro that he managed to organize:This was posted yesterday and shared through Opera-L Facebook:
Das Rheingold: Coronadämmerung Jamie Barton, Mezzo Soprano Ryan McKinny, Bass Baritone Kathleen Kelly, Piano #KeeptheMusicGoing Go to artistrelieftree.com an...www.youtube.com
Yes!! Hmm he and I have a mutual friend on facebook. Maybe she can put the bug in his earI saw Ryan McKinny live as Amfortas and obviously wouldn't have guessed at what a wicked sense of humor he has. These videos are an absolute pleasure, and I laughed so hard I cried starting around 4:45 with his dog photobombing and then the hand sanitizer. I wonder if he has any interest in stage direction because he has some incredibly creative ideas.
I just listened to his Lindoro in "L'Italiana in Algieri," an opera I don't even really like
That would be great, @eusebius!. I've been following his Twitter account, and there was someone who tweeted something along the lines of giving away the cow's milk with all of the free institutional content, and he replied something along the lines of using this to figure out new opportunities.
He also said something in the political realm that showed empathy and an understanding of humans that made me want to give him a virtual hug. I think he shows both intelligence and leadership qualities that are sorely needed in the arts.
But a genius choice: most of the singing that sounds best under these circumstances is intimate -- I just loved Volle's opening of Wolfram's aria: you usually don't get to hear it like that -- plus how well-known the song is, plus its multiple emotional associations.not a fan of Danny Boy however...