The Life You Give: Gioachino Rossini *February 29 1792

Gioachino Rossini, born Gioachino Antonio Rossini, on February 29 1792, in Pesaro, Papal States [Italy], is the composer noted for his operas, particularly his comic operas, of which The Barber of Seville (1816), Cinderella (1817), and Semiramide (1823) are among the best known. Of his later, larger-scale dramatic operas, the most widely heard is William… Continue reading The Life You Give: Gioachino Rossini *February 29 1792

The Life You Give: Rudolf Steiner *1861

Rudolf Steiner, born February 27 1861, in Kraljević, Austria, was a spiritualist, lecturer, and founder of anthroposophy, a movement based on the notion that there is a spiritual world comprehensible to pure thought but accessible only to the highest faculties of mental knowledge. Attracted in his youth to the works of Goethe, Steiner edited that… Continue reading The Life You Give: Rudolf Steiner *1861

The Virtuous Black XXVIII: Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman, born Jessye Mae Norman, on September 15 1945 in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.A., was operatic soprano, one of the finest of her day, who also enjoyed a successful concert career.After winning the Bavarian Radio Corp. International Music Competition in 1968, Norman made her operatic debut as Elisabeth in Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser in 1969 in… Continue reading The Virtuous Black XXVIII: Jessye Norman