Aural Pilgrimage to Paris: the “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” broadcast

The pilgrimage was a little more extensive than initially expected. On Saturday afternoon, for the first time in three years, my internet connection acted up. There was no way to load any page or establish any contact with Radio France. AAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhh!!!!!

I don’t know what karmic wrongdoings I committed this past week, but they must have been grave. At 7:30, I was desperate, cursing, and short of throwing things at my modem.

The solution came at the hands of the best girlfriend ever, who calmly suggested “Why don’t we go to your institute downtown? You’ve got internet there, right?”

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Mezzo Alert: everyone’s favorite shoulders in “Cenerentola” – Malena Ernman as Angelina in Stockholm

Thankfully, I made it back from Spain just in time to catch the live broadcast of the “Cenerentola” opening night from Stockholm online. A most enjoyable way to end this May 31st! – The production of the Royal Swedish Opera (conducted by Walter Atanassi) stars Swedish mezzo Malena Ernman (and her shoulders) as Angelina and – to my delighted surprise – German tenor Daniel Behle as Don Ramiro. Due to plot reasons, this Angelina isn’t defending herself by a few well-placed uppercuts, but the knowledge alone that she could is favorable indeed.

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