Happy Birthday Antonín Dvořák! Enjoy Lucia Popp performing the "Song to the Moon" from Rusalka, Op. 114 this lunch hour. - #MusicMondays
September 8, at 12:07 pm
Our second screening of the Opera on Screen series this afternoon at the Empirical Theater at Omsi features Mozart's Don Giovanni. Here is a trivia question to get you in the mood for the Don.
Don Giovanni unwisely decides to throw a party for Zerlina and Masetto. His motives are, of course, all bad. He sings an aria that seems to epitomize his personal life philosophy. What is it?
The champagne aria. Viva la liberta! The party is a fiasco. Donna Elvira, Donna Anna and Don Ottavio have joined forces and show up masked, Zerlina is rescued and the Don exposed. He just barely escapes.
September 7, at 12:10 pm
In honor of the Opera on Screen series opening tonight at the Empirical Theater at Omsi , here is a Madame Butterfly trivia question for you!
Q. In the famous "Flower Duet", Butterfly and Suzuki strew blossoms from the garden throughout the house. What kind of blossoms?
A. Cherry. The garden is planted with many cherry trees. After Pinkerton's ship is seen, Butterfly tells Suzuki "Scuoti quella fronda di ciliegio, e m'inonda di fior" ("Strip the branches of the cherry trees, and cover me with flowers"), arguably the most beautiful line in the opera.