Monday, May 23, 2011

Beverly Sills - Roberto Devereux - Final aria

Let's not forget Beverly Sills who would have been 83 this week. This was one of her most unforgettable performances: as Elizabeth I. Critics tended to disagree, thinking the role too heavy for her voice, which it was. Never mind. It distresses me that students today don't know Beverly and don't realize who she was to opera. It's timely to post this now, with news of the New York City Opera's impending demise. I hope not. It was and is a great company and a great resource.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Honor Flight

This short film is the work of several of my wonderful colleagues at WOSU. Today, with the death of Bin Laden, seems as good a day as any to share this. My father was a World War II vet. He is long deceased but Honor Flight would have meant the world to him, both watching it and being on the plane. This made me proud, and humbled.