Wednesday, October 26, 2005

My name is Inigo Montoya

This post has NOTHING to do with opera.

I can die happy now:
Inigo Montoya

Which Princess Bride Character are You?

Monday, October 24, 2005

Not exactly household names in opera - aka - fun with dmoz

DMOZ is a beautiful thing - a well-categorized search engine. Using it, I was able to troll around, looking for singers that aren't quite a household name yet.
Singers from many countries are represented on the player today, all are identified except for the unknown baritone performing a quite credible "Largo al factotum".
I saw a LOT of websites, both good and bad.
A couple of pieces of advice to you singers out there - if you want to bill yourself as a classically trained singer, please do not have your music clips ONLY from pop music covers or musical theater pieces within the last 10 years.
2 - As much as I like gospel, it also does not count as a classical selection.
Having said that, one of the best versions lesser-known versions (meaning someone not famous for singing Violetta) of the Sempre Libera I ever heard was a church choir soloist on local cable public access television being broadcast from a church on the South Side of Chicago.
Also, to the unfortunate gentleman who is choosing to make a career as a Luicano Pavarotti LOOK-ALIKE, this my friend is a poor career choice in ways I can't even begin to describe. Please don't ask me to play his music on here, I may never get the "earbug" out of my head, and I think it is gnawing at my cerebellum cortex as we speak.
The operatic version of Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" is presented for giggle value - I also have no identifying information on that selection.
Enjoy, or not, but welcome to a new week for WOD. :)
Ed Note: The "operatic stairway to heaven" file was damaged in conversion to the player. Enjoy it in MP3 version. This will open an entirely different player, which = bad web development. Sue me, ok?
Ed Note 2: Blogger sucks - it should not have taken me 26 minutes to post this link.

Monday, October 17, 2005

French music on Tuesdays show

French music (you have been getting a preview here for the last week) on tomorrows (Tuesdays) show. 10 AM-1PM EST or -500 GMT, on LISTEN on streaming radio over the Internet or at 89.3 FM.
Gounod's Romeo et Juliette with Jussi Bjorling and Bidu Sayao, also the heavy hitters - Saint Saens, Faure, and Ravel, but more obscure works. Also Berlioz' Les Nuits d'ete featuring Dame Janet Baker, which is worth the price of admission alone.
Jussi and Dame Janet in one day? You people should WORSHIP me. (cackles gleefully)
An offical WOD shout-out (more like a trill-fest of colotura runs) to the newest site to link to us - Dr. Khan., also known as a "Fistful of Frogs"maybe we should introduce him to crazy legs the Blog Frog. Send me a request, Doc. always happy to help out a fellow MD.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Cosi Fan Tutte - conclusion on the broadcast today

Todays WOD broadcast will be the conclusion of Cosi with Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Kraus, Berry conducting.

Music mix for the rest of the show.

Enjoy it here.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

No live show today - Romeo and Juliet - Jussi Bjorling and Bidu Sayao

No live show today, so I leave you with all of Act One and a big section of Act Two of a 1947 recording of Jussi Bjorling (yay!!) and Bidu Sayao and Gounod's Romeo & Juliet.

...Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn...

Aside:Does anyone else watch the Blogger ticker to see if the name of your blog scrolls by after updating? I NEVER see mine.