“Fidelio”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only Opera, premiered on this day in 1805

Celebrate with us, listening to this masterpiece on November 20 at 11pm EST in the Opera, Blood, and Tears Club, on Clubhouse. Monument by Kaspar von Zumbusch, commemorating Beethoven’s Fidelio in Vienna, where it premiered. CHARACTERS FLORESTAN, a Spanish Nobleman……………………………TenorLEONORE, his wife, in male attire as FIDELIO…….………….SopranoDON FERNANDO, Prime Minister of Spain…………………….BassPIZARRO, Governor of the… Continue reading “Fidelio”, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only Opera, premiered on this day in 1805

Dissecting Hospitality — the guest always sits with a drink at hand

In 1988 I visited the magnificent city of Vienna for the very first time. For the following twelve years I sat in about ten of their traditional Coffeehouses, most of which have been in operation at least 80 years, some over a century. Café Hawelka was my most frequent choice. It was opened in 1939… Continue reading Dissecting Hospitality — the guest always sits with a drink at hand

Two hundred and twenty-four years ago, Schubert

Today I continue to celebrate life in details but also in the joy that adds two men to the spirit of celebratory thankfulness — music. Besides the birthday of Philip Glass, there is plenty of reason for celebrating two hundred and twenty-four years today. Franz Peter Schubert, the young man who composed the “Winterreise” (Winter… Continue reading Two hundred and twenty-four years ago, Schubert

I’m back in Vienna!

Storytelling à la Norway, in the words of Henrik Ibsen. “Peer Gynt” his five-act play, set to the music of the incomparable Edward Grieg, interpreted as an expressive evening of ballet and movement, is loosely based on the Norwegian fairy tale. Beautiful music and sounds Poetic pictures Surrealism ... It pleasantly points out that, while… Continue reading I’m back in Vienna!

Today I am in Vienna!

Today I will be in the most magnificent city on this planet. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is playing operas I am not interested in, so I will not be here. Today, mind and ears will be in Vienna. To my wonderful friends in Vienna, do not try to meet me, for I will… Continue reading Today I am in Vienna!