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    13-23 January, 2018 Cruise out of New York around the Caribbean on the Norwegian Gem. Note : this trip has been cancelled altogether because of the damage caused by the hurricanes to the Caribbean islands.

    October 31st - 11 November. Caribbean cruise to break up the winter. Note: The itinerary has not yet been determined owing to the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes.
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    October 8 Went to BAM, for the first time since Ethel died, to hear a wonderful modern opera composed and written by Matthew Aucoin called “Crossing”. It is based on Walt Whitman’s experience and the libretto is largely taken from his poetry.

    The story is multi-themed, as modern plays tend to be; the first is a harrowing anti war depiction of the suffering wounded seen through Whitman’s eyes when he volunteered as a nurse during the American civil war; the second is Slavery and its effect upon a run-away slave who fights on the Union side; the third is treachery portrayed by a guilt-laden deserter who spies for the South. And forth, inevitably these days, is the (entirely fictional) homosexual one.

    The powerful music fits the story perfectly and the voices of the lead singers and the chorus is magnificent; Rod Gilfry, bass-baritone, sings the part of Walt Whitman, Alexander Lewis plays John Wormley, the deserter, and Davone Tines, whose baritone reminded me, distinctly, of the sound of the legendary Paul Robeson.  Both Christine and I were extremely moved by the work. We newly discovered Walt Whitman’s poetry, too.

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Met Opera on the Summerstage

On Wednesday, June 24th, while Christine was out to dinner with her tennis friends, I took myself off to to hear a free recital in the Park, courtesy three Metropolitan Opera  singers. Between them, they sang 17 arias from popular operas in the Met repertoire plus, for good popular measure, “Tonight”, from Bernstein’s “West Side Story”. The voices were: Angel Blue, soprano, Ben Bliss, tenor and Alexey Lavrov, Baritone. A great evening was had by all!

The Stage is set

The Stage is set

 

Dusk falls behind us . . .

Dusk falls behind us . . .

 

The audience awaits . . . .

The audience awaits . . . .

 

Angel Blue performs . . .

Angel Blue performs . . .

 

Alexey Lavrov makes a point . . . .

Alexey Lavrov makes a point . . . .

 

Angel Blue encore . . .

Angel Blue encore . . .

 

Alexey Lavrov and Ben Bliss sing the "Pearl Fishers" duet . . .

Alexey Lavrov and Ben Bliss sing the “Pearl Fishers” duet . . .

 

Angel Blue and Ben Bliss sing the "West Side Story" duet: "Tonight" . . .

Angel Blue and Ben Bliss sing the “West Side Story” duet: “Tonight” . .  .

 

A first-time experience for me; the audience included this little service dog. His name is ‘Ace’ and he is trained not to bark except when his mistress is in danger! Loretta, his mistress, suffers from chronic, life-threatening allergies and ‘Ace’ tastes all her food and drink and sniffs the air around her. Remarkably, he will only bark if he detects one of the dangerous substances!

Ace and Loretta enjoying the concert . . . .

Ace and Loretta enjoying the concert . . . .

 

Close-up of opera-going "Ace". He is of the "Papillion" breed.

Close-up of opera-going “Ace”. He is of the “Papillion” breed.

 

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One Response

  1. Most enjoyable reading…great dog! Thanks for sharing. Nereida

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