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Old 10-04-2015, 02:53 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Attended Los Angeles Opera tonight and heard Placido Domingo sing the title role in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi. What a treat. The man is in his seventies and still sings as powerfully as anyone else in the cast. He is the artistic director of the Los Angeles Opera. He doesn't sing in every production but will do so occasionally. Sometimes he conducts too, but again, only occasionally. He are lucky to have him.
What a coincidence!

I just saw La Traviata performance by Opera Philadelphia the other day. A very lush performance with opulent sets and costumes. It was in the Academy Of Music which opened I think in 1855 and attended by President Franklin Pierce and the Prince of Wales (Victoria's son who later became King Edward). It's the oldest opera house in the US in continuous use. I feel humbled when I'm in that place because giants like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss, etc. conducted in there and opera greats like Leontyne Price, Beverly Sills, Maria Callas, and Marian Anderson performed there.

The first opera I ever saw, over 30 years ago, was by Verdi. Although I find the story lines of his operas overly melodramatic and "soap opera"ish - the music is always wonderful. I am also partial to Russian operas and it was thrilled to see a superb performance of Eugene Onegin at the Maly Theater in St. Petersburg in the late 1990's.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Seeing the photos of the catastrophic flooding in SC, I'm wondering how our CD friends are doing there. Isn't johngolf (who hasn't posted in Retirement for a while) in Columbia, SC? Hoping all is well with him and others in SC who post here.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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What a coincidence!

I just saw La Traviata performance by Opera Philadelphia the other day. A very lush performance with opulent sets and costumes. It was in the Academy Of Music which opened I think in 1855 and attended by President Franklin Pierce and the Prince of Wales (Victoria's son who later became King Edward). It's the oldest opera house in the US in continuous use. I feel humbled when I'm in that place because giants like Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Richard Strauss, etc. conducted in there and opera greats like Leontyne Price, Beverly Sills, Maria Callas, and Marian Anderson performed there.

The first opera I ever saw, over 30 years ago, was by Verdi. Although I find the story lines of his operas overly melodramatic and "soap opera"ish - the music is always wonderful. I am also partial to Russian operas and it was thrilled to see a superb performance of Eugene Onegin at the Maly Theater in St. Petersburg in the late 1990's.
Interesting, and thanks for that information. In 1855 Los Angeles was a dusty little nothing town. In fact it was only thirty years ago that we got our own resident opera company. At one time, and I mean as recently as the immediate post-World War II era, Los Angeles was a cultural backwater compared to its population size. A lot has changed in the last 50 years in that regard.
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:55 AM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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Sending my prayers that all is well with our CD friends in the Carolinas.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:59 PM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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^^^+1
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Old 10-05-2015, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Yes, and what about all the 55+ communities off the coast around Charleston/Savannah? I am wondering if their homes are in tact. Most are Del Webb I think, and hoping everyone is safe.
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Old 10-05-2015, 11:27 PM
 
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Yes, we saw the SC flooding on the tv today. I hope the residents are not hit with a double whammy of flood damage and no flood insurance. Praying for the residents and the rescuers, and also for the families of the shipmates presumably lost at sea.
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Old 10-06-2015, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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Is it just me or is this severe weather and flooding getting worse? I might just have a bad memory, but I don't recall all this flooding, etc. in the coastal states many years ago.
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Old 10-06-2015, 11:45 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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Is it just me or is this severe weather and flooding getting worse? I might just have a bad memory, but I don't recall all this flooding, etc. in the coastal states many years ago.
Could be climate change. I never experienced a drought until 1989 and this past winter here in MA we had the most snow ever recorded in history. As I browse through the CD forums I see things like--We never used to have weather like this. On the CT forum they were saying they never used to get such long snowy winters with about two weeks of fall and two weeks of spring.

dh says that in England he used to have to tunnel through snow to get to school. Now it hardly ever snows there. He also says that the seasons over there are now almost reversed with more cold weather in summer and warmer in winter.
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Old 10-06-2015, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Could be climate change. I never experienced a drought until 1989 and this past winter here in MA we had the most snow ever recorded in history. As I browse through the CD forums I see things like--We never used to have weather like this. On the CT forum they were saying they never used to get such long snowy winters with about two weeks of fall and two weeks of spring.

dh says that in England he used to have to tunnel through snow to get to school. Now it hardly ever snows there. He also says that the seasons over there are now almost reversed with more cold weather in summer and warmer in winter.
The weather in Los Angeles has never been as humid as it has been during the summer of 2015, at least not in the 53 years I've lived here. Normally it doesn't rain at all in the summer, but we've had numerous rains. And the hot weather is lasting longer - it is supposed to be 96 this weekend. Totally bizarre. Just paid an electric bill of $42, more than twice the normal bill for a month. I have NEVER run the air conditioning this much, EVER.
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