According to WIkipedia, the Queen of Night was Gruberová’s breakthrough role in 1970, and here in this later performance it’s easy to see why. Roberta Peters’ version, conducted by Karl Bohm, has always been my favorite, but I have to admit that Gruberova’s performance, though perhaps less spectacular, has a warmth to it that is utterly beguiling. Less regal, perhaps, but pretty stunning nevertheless.
Archives for December 2006
I didn’t make this one up, but it comes to mind at certain moments…
God always forgives. Man sometimes forgives. Nature never forgives.
…we do just happen to have mass quantities of company just now. Thanks for asking. Posting will remain scarce for a bit. Anybody want to take the helm?
In the meantime, my four favorite kids’ t-shirt slogans from yesterday’s trip to the zoo:
Gimme Gimme Gimme
Ask me if I care
On a Mission to Play Video Games!
“The driving force behind monastic reform was an iron determination to cleanse the Christian world of its impurities…Regrettably, in accordance with chruch teaching, the most telling factor in this cleansing process was the conviction that one of these impurities from whic the world needed to be cleansed was female sexual temptation…the spectre of women’s sexual power over men haunted the medieval church with a terrible passion, as any number of sadistic stone carvings testify all too nakedly. The church had inherited from the desert fathers, and above all from St. Jerome, the conviction that the female sex represented all the snares of the world, and that the only pure way to live one’s life was to remain celibate…It remains one of the overwhelming contradictions of the Middle Ages that an ethos which was so dogmatic and doom-laden, so misogynist, so puritanical and disapproving of all the sensuous pleasures of day-to-day life, should yet have succeeded in creating so much that is the very opposite of those attitudes. What Cluny bequeathed to us is far from being the product of a hair shirt culture – in a great many fields, it is a legacy of serene beauty and sophistication that we still admire a thousand years later…it is the art of men who have seen the light, and are glorying in it.”
Will Ferrell gives us the truth behind some of Neil Diamond’s greatest hits.
Just about every rock and/or roll station in San Diego seems intent on beating Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” into my brain via that bing-bang chiming beat that runs under the whole song, and the more I hear it, the more it seems like The Sensitive Teen’s Guide to Getting Laid:
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?
[Translation: Let’s just lie down here. We don’t have to do anything. I promise.]
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life
[I know your Mom wants you to wait until you get married, or at least until you go to college, but it’s very important to me that you take off your clothes right now.]
All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see
[See, I really, really love you. You complete me. It’s like we’re soul mates, and that’s why our having sex is so much more than just physical.]
I don’t know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all
[Of course I’ll respect you in the morning. Our love is everlasting!]
…here’s a link to the 50 Greatest Cartoons, YouTubed up and ready to go.