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Post iTs for 2009

Five Fav's from 2009 Always bold, Rita Valencia looks back on 2009 and hand picks some beauties! 1. Mad Men, Season 3, Episode 6, A Man Walks Into an Advertising Agency. Anybody up for a little lawn mowing? 2. My New Kindle with computer-voice man reading Dante's Inferno. 3. The Ride of the Valkyries scene in Act Three of Achim Freyer's Die Walküre at L.A.Opera. 4. Tom's Vegan Wrap Boots 5. Caryl Churchill's Seven Jewish Children, a play for Gaza (which is in no way "anti-Semitic"). Watch Jennie Stoller perform Caryl Churchill's play, Seven Jewish Children- A Play for Gaza, which was written in response to the situation in Gaza in January 2009. This link will also give you the access to the written play. No … [Read more...]

Take That!

Achim Freyer's Redemption through Geometry, Metaphysics and Light Sabers Although I am focusing on design and direction in these notes on LA OPERA's Ring Cycle, it would be a travesty here not to applaud the spectacular vocal performances last night. I would single out Anja Kampe, whose performance was jaw-droppingly powerful, tender and transfixing...but then that would leave out Placido Domingo's powerful, expertly polished performance with its subtly Italianate flourishes so right for the part of Seigmund; or Linda Watson's spectacular Brunnhilde. Eric Halvarson (Hunding) has a basso so profound I would be terrified to be in the same room with him singing, and Vitalj Kowaljow performed a nuanced and complex Wotan. Michelle DeYoung … [Read more...]