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Category Archives: Classical & Opera

Reactions to Reverberations: Interviews with the World’s Leading Musicians by Robert Jacobson


Reverberations: interviews with the world’s leading musicians by Robert Jacobson My rating: 4 of 5 stars A generally engaging collection of medium-length interviews with a cross-section of leading classical musicians in the early ’70s. Many of the interviews seem to have been conducted for Opera News, though Jacobson also speaks with instrumentalists and orchestral conductors. […]

A quote from Maria Callas


“What is there in life if you do not work? There is only sensation, and there are only a few sensations— you cannot live on them. You can only live on work, by work, through work. How can you live with self-respect if you do not do things as well as lies in you?” – […]

Vienna, Austria: State Opera: April 2009


This photo album is the fourth in a series of five from my brief trip to Vienna in April 2009. These 65-ish photos are in and about the Wiener Staatsoper, where I attended 100+ performances (mostly standing room) while a student in 1994. Of the three nights I was in Vienna this time, I bought […]

Vienna, Austria: Central Cemetery: April 2009


In April 2009, after a few days in London for business, I spent a few more days in Vienna, for fun. This was my first time back in that city since studying there as a college junior in 1994. My primary activity was attending performances of my favorite opera, Wagner’s Parsifal, at the Vienna State […]