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Great opera singer ill--good thoughts.

Don Firth 10 Jul 15 - 08:17 PM
ChanteyLass 10 Jul 15 - 09:33 PM
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Subject: Great opera singer ill--good thoughts.
From: Don Firth
Date: 10 Jul 15 - 08:17 PM

Great opera singer ill—good thoughts and prayers.

Although folk singing is my preference as a performer, I've thoroughly enjoyed opera since I was a teenager—once I found out what it was all about. Like ballads on steroids. Or one can think of a ballad as a "mini-opera."

One of my favorite singers, Russian (actually, Siberian) baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, a tall, handsome man with prematurely silver hair and a voice like chocolate, has had to cancel his schedule of opera and concert performances for the foreseeable future. His voice is not affected, but he started noticing that his balance is iffy. Doctors found that he has a brain tumor, and he is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in London.

From his website: Clicky and scroll down for more.

With Anna Netrebko, turning on 100% of the women in Red Square: Clicky #2.

Concert performance of an aria from a Handel opera: Clicky #3.

Another concert performance of an aria from Verdi's "A Masked Ball." Renato has just discovered that his wife and his best friend are having an affair and he's really pissed: Clicky #3.   

So—some prayers and good thoughts for one of the world's greatest singer-actors and for his career, continuing in good health and long into the future.

Don Firth

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Subject: RE: Great opera singer ill--good thoughts.
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 10 Jul 15 - 09:33 PM

Good thoughts, prayers even, from me.

I go to a local cinema to watch broadcasts of New York's Metropolitan Opera, where Dmitri has quite a following of fans who show up only for the operas in which he appears. They are only slightly quieter than teenage girls at rock concerts. Giggles, sighs, glances at each other indicate how much they enjoy his work.

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