O Mio Babbino Caro

Puccini's only comic opera, Gianni Schicchi, moves like a torrent. In its skill and vitality it's up to the best of Rossini and is evocative of Verdi's Falstaff. But no matter the pace, the master from Lucca could, and seemingly was compelled, to write a great tune for his leading lady. And unlike … Continue reading

Climate Change

The video below, despite its sarcastic title, makes an important point. It's that when looked at over a long time frame climate change is not as pronounced as some believe it to be. I am not an expert in this field and am not qualified to pass judgement on this view or those who think the problem … Continue reading

Plague in the US

A recent TV segment (it's at the end of this article) commented on the recent occurrence of four cases in China of plague over the past month. The medical expert interviewed on the show expressed concern that given the extent of travel from China to the US that the disease might spread here. He did … Continue reading

Akhnaten in HD

Thirty five years after it was written, the Met staged Philip Glass's opera Akhnaten for the first time this month. Today it made its way to the movie theater as part of the company's HD series. Glass is a leading member of the minimalist school of music. My understanding of this school is that it … Continue reading