Category Archives: singing

Note to self: find more cheerful subjects for blog…

Over two weeks have passed since that Germanwings pilot deliberately crashed Flight 9525 into the French Alps, taking 149 passengers and crew with him. The news cycle is mostly done with the speculation over the pilot’s illness, motives, personality disorder, … Continue reading

Posted in current events, Germany, lives of others, opera, singing | 2 Comments

Singer Lore: Help For Swollen Vocal Cords

Inching my way out of this bad cold flu bronchitis, I turned to facebook to ask my professional singer friends for their personal last-ditch remedies when a gig is getting near and the vocal folds are still swollen (and therefor … Continue reading

Posted in Austria, Germany, health, Italy, Life Abroad, singing | 2 Comments

Jackson Memorial

In Munich today, we found ourselves in front of this: A perfectly respectable monument of the composer Orlando di Lasso (who died in Munich in 1594) has been re-purposed into a memorial to Michael Jackson, who did not die here, … Continue reading

Posted in America, Germany, lives of others, singing

A Special Grave in the Jewish Cemetery

While I was at the Westfriedhof, scouting out an appropriate bench to photograph and include with the story below, I visited the grave of Yury Shklyar, which I do every once in a while. (I know, it’s weird. I like … Continue reading

Posted in Innsbruck, lives of others, memory, music, opera, singing | 3 Comments

You Have To Hear Yourself With The Ears Of Your Enemies.

(Photo from EddaMoser.com ) Even if you have never heard of the German soprano Edda Moser (and that’s OK;  I don’t really keep track of sopranos myself, and I’m in the business), if you are a singer you really should … Continue reading

Posted in Germany, lives of others, music, opera, singing, theater

Kulturblogging: Hildegard Knef

When you spend more than a couple of years in another country, you may begin to realize how much the people around you, while possibly being very much like you, grew up on different pop culture. The American entertainment industry … Continue reading

Posted in America, assimilation, culture, Germany, lives of others, music, singing | 2 Comments

Poetry Blogging: Ilse Weber

“After Auschwitz, writing poetry is no longer possible.” — Theodor Adorno “The truth is, Adorno couldn’t write poetry before Auschwitz either.” — journalist and publicist Johannes Gross. I am paraphrasing the Adorno quote somewhat for clarity. In fact, the word-for-word … Continue reading

Posted in Germany, history, literature, lives of others, memory, music, singing | 4 Comments

>Did I Ever Tell You About The Time I Jumped Out Of A Cake?

> I had just sung closing night of “Le nozze di Figaro” (playing who else?), on Mozart’s 250th birthday. There was a special party in the theater’s foyer after the performance, with actors, singers and dancers taking part. My special … Continue reading

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