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Another great musical trip! What a wonderful idea to have the bonus track be Murray Head! I heartily agree Mary! A great offering ahead of the Easter holiday! Happy Easter to you and yours! (PS: I wore out my first copy of Jesus Christ Superstar! — Don’t forget Yvonne Elliman)
Thank you, Mary, for your Twofer Tuesday post. I thought because of your Tuesday night's Live YouTube Strategy Session you were not doing this musical post anymore.
I enjoyed your new and different musical selections. You are gratefully expanding my musical horizons!
Dear Ms. Trump - your beautifully written article brought back fond memories of seeing many operas at the Met in the 1990s as well as so many outstanding Broadway musicals. Hearing those heavenly voices sent me into such awe at the expertise of the artists (including the conductors and musicians. I was privileged to witness the genius of so many gifted artists, from Pavarotti and Domingo to Renata Scotto, Beverly Sills and so many others. I’ve always felt that it is not only a gift to perform great music, but also to be able to appreciate it. Thank you so much for sharing. Sincerely, Anne Rejack, Albany NY
Thanks one more time, for your work!
Wow, what a way to end a breakthrough day! Tosca is my fave, with Callas. I fell in love with opera through an Italian prof by listening to Tosca. I was at the Boston performance when she bounced back up behind the balustrade and was visible to the audience. And I was in the shower singing arias when a colleague from a new job stopped by my yard sale. I never heard the end of it! I try to go to Santa Fe Opera when possible. RBG used to come and you are all welcome! Oliver Prezant gives great pre-opera talks.
Yes. These are the great examples of the depth of space shared between beauty and horror that offer us understanding.
Both sublime choices. Maria Callas, performing anything, but especially (for me) Bellini's Norma; exquisite, heart-achingly emotive, & capable of transporting me from the most difficult of places. And Jesus Christ Superstar...... I took my husband to see a performance in Covent Garden, with Ramon Tikaram & was transported. The husband, not so much!
I love receiving your newsletter Mary, as it is a gentle reminder that labels/perceptions are often misleading, but this recent revelation is almost too much! Cognitive dissonance anyone?
This is superb. Thank you.
I love JCS. I was a kid when it premiered. It included powerful & moving performances. The more recent tv movie w/John Legend was spectacular.
Thanks for this.
I've always preferred the portrayal of evil in C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy. I don't share Lewis' religious faith, but his depiction of evil was spot on - it was shallow, stupid, ugly, pointless, oblivious, nasty, and utterly devoid of wit, glamor, humor, complexity, or anything romantically tragic. Just chaos loose in the world, like a plague bacterium or a natural disaster if those could be malicious.
At age 13, I begged my parents to take me to Tower Records so I could buy the initial release of JCS. I will never forget that drive to and from the store or the hours I subsequently spent listening to and learning every moment and track of those LPs. To this day, I can sing every song. Joy. Also, a lifelong opera lover...thank you, Grandma for introducing me to my musical passion.
Thank you so much, Mary, for introducing me to such eclectic music; "Why We Build the Wall" is an incredible allegory for where we are in American politics. I appreciate the context you give, and the personal stories you tell...you're a bright spot in an increasingly darker world. Keep on keepin' on!
Insightful and beautiful Mary. Jesus Christ Superstar was great then and I still remember the words and tunes. I'm going to listen to that music again. Happy Easter to you and everyone.
I have both Toscas, but I prefer the Pretre recording. It is much more spontaneous. They seemed to be trying too hard to make the perfect recording in the De Sabata one, plus his tempi were a bit erratic in places (i.e. the Te Deum). But both are fantastic recordings!
I'll bet you make a helluva mix CD!
With all due respect to Murray Head, Carl Anderson as Judas and Ted Neely as Jesus, in the film version of Jesus Christ Superstar, knock it out of the park. My absolute favorites.