Monthly Archives: August 2015

Salome in Santa Fe

John the Baptist lost his head last night in Ruritania. That seems to me to be where director Daniel Slatter set Strauss’s sonic boom. I expected the Prisoner of Zenda to appear before Narraboth killed himself. All the men except the Baptist were dressed like they thought the show was written by a different Strauss…

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Rigoletto in Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Opera presented Verdi’s Rigoletto on August 25, 2015. The virtues of Verdi’s masterpiece are too well  known to warrant repetition. The success of this opera depends on the interpretive powers of its three principals and the leadership of the conductor. But it is the baritone who sings the title role who carries…

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Not All Schubert Program Closes 2015 Santa Fe Chamber Music Series

The 2015 Santa Fe Chamber Music series closed this evening at the Lensic Theater with what was supposed to be an all Schubert program. But alas the best laid plans of mice and musicians often go astray. Violinist William Preucil was indisposed which caused the program to be altered. “Indisposed” in the music business means…

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Tutto Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani

I Vespri Siciliani is the least performed of Verdi’s mature works. It was written for the Paris Opéra to a French text by Eugène Scribe and Charles Duveyrier (Les vêpres siciliennes). While the opera is occasionally performed in its original French version, it is typically presented in its Italian translation. Verdi just sounds better in…

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Vitamin D Treatment in Postmenopausal Women

A study just published in JAMA Internal Medicine examined the effects of placebo, low-dose cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), and high-dose cholecalciferol on 1-year changes in total fractional calcium absorption, bone mineral density, Timed Up and Go and five sit-to-stand tests, and muscle mass in postmenopausal women with vitamin D insufficiency. This study was undertaken because “expert” advice…

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Helge Rosvaenge

Helge Rosvaenge (1897-1972)  was a Danish tenor whose career was limited to Europe, especially Germany and Austria. Trained as a chemist at Copenhagen’s Technical University, he also took private vocal lessons. He made his debut in 1921 as Don Jose in Carmen. His brilliant spinto voice and superb high notes soon brought him to Europe’s…

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