Tag Archives: #opera

Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1951 MGM movie “Grounds for Marriage” with Van Johnson, Kathryn Grayson, Paula Raymond, Barry Sullivan, Lewis Stone, Reginald Owen, Richard Hageman and the Firehouse Five Plus Two. Screenplay by Allen Rivkin and Laura Kerr. … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated + + + +)

This week’s mystery movie was the 1955 MGM picture “Interrupted Melody,” with Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore, Cecil Kellaway, Peter Leeds, Evelyn Ellis, Walter Baldwin, Ann Codee, Leopold Sachse, and Stephen Bekassy. Written by William Ludwig and Sonya Levien, … Continue reading

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Nov. 17, 1907: A #MeToo Moment in the Monkey House; Opera Tenors in Trouble

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Nov. 17, 1907 New York by direct wire to The Times Something curious seems to be going on with opera tenors in the monkey house at New York’s Central Park; perhaps there’s … Continue reading

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Oct. 29, 1907: ‘Oh, God, The Bassoon!’ Musicians Union Dispute Becomes Operatic

Note: This is an encore post from 2006. Oct. 29, 1907 Los Angeles Given The Times’ view of unions, it’s a little difficult to determine precisely what went wrong with a production of Ambroise Thomas’ “Mignon” at the Auditorium, but … Continue reading

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Oct. 14, 1897: ‘La Boheme’ Receives American Premiere in Los Angeles

    Note: This is an encore post from 2005 and originally appeared on the 1947project. San Francisco has long claimed the first American performance of Puccini’s “La Boheme” in March 1898 and is given credit for that distinction in … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 6533 Cahuenga Terrace, Designed for a Diva

An overhead view of 6533 Cahuenga Terrace, via Google Street View. Hyperbole reigns in the world of real estate listings, inflating a dump into a dream palace or attempting to gild a lily. Nowhere is this more prevalent than around … Continue reading

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Ray Bradbury’s Unrealized Opera: ‘Leviathan ‘99’

Since Ray Bradbury died in 2012, I have been rummaging around the Daily Mirror archives in a frustrating search for a copy of his libretto for an opera titled “Leviathan ’99,” which I obtained many years ago when I was … Continue reading

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1944 in Print — Life Magazine, Feb. 21, 1944

Feb. 21, 1944: Did you recognize a young Patrice Munsel in this cover photo?  Alfred Eisenstaedt photographs Washington’s home at Mount Vernon and the featured movie is “Cover Girl.” And strange satiric drawings by actor Peter Helmers. Courtesy of Google.

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra May Have Had Cerebral Hemorrhage Before Crash

Photo: Salvatore Licitra in “I Pagliacci,” Florence. Credit: SalvatoreLicitra.com Tenor Salvatore Licitra’s website confirms what has been speculated for several days: That the singer may have suffered a cerebral hemorrhage that caused him to crash his Vespa last Saturday, sustaining … Continue reading

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra in Coma – Video

There is very little news on the condition of tenor Salvatore Licitra, who remains in a coma after he apparently lost control of his Vespa and crashed on Saturday, sustaining head and chest injuries. This video (in Italian) includes an … Continue reading

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra in Coma, Fights Lung Inflammation

Tenor Salvatore Licitra remains in a coma after an accident Saturday night in which he crashed his Vespa, sustaining injuries to his head and chest.  According to Italian news reports, doctors at Garibaldi Hospital say Licitra is on a ventilator … Continue reading

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra in Critical Condition After Crash [Updated]

Tenor Salvatore Licitra is hospitalized in critical condition with head and chest injuries at an Italian hospital after a Vespa accident on Saturday night near Modica, in the province of Ragusa, while he was en route to receive the Premio … Continue reading

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Tenor Salvatore Licitra Injured in Vespa Accident [Updated]

Websites are reporting that tenor Salvatore Licitra, who first gained fame as a last-minute cover for Luciano Pavarotti at the Met, was badly injured in a Vespa accident. [Update: According to Google translations of Italian websites, Licitra was on his … Continue reading

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No blacks allowed

  May 9, 1957 Austin, Texas Texas State Rep. Joe Chapman is no opera lover, especially when the cast includes an African American in the lead. He wants soprano Barbara Louise Smith out of the university production of Henry Purcell’s … Continue reading

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