Wednesday, January 07, 2009
La Rondine was supposed to be a Viennese-style operetta, commissioned by a theater in Vienna that wanted the composer at any cost and gave into any demands he made. Among the demands was for something more like an Italian romantic comedy with little or no dialog. World War I put an end toward any obligation to Vienna and Puccini proceeded to write a work that has the essential plot of Verdi's La Traviata (a "fallen" woman who sends away a naive young man who is potentially her salvation), combined with elements of Strauss's Die Fledermaus and Puccini's own early success, La Boheme.
At first glance unrelated, these sets for the first two acts clearly show that the columns cycle through the production, providing a unifying (and economizing) element. London's Royal Opera and the San Francisco Opera have presented Rondine successfully in this production. Opera's "love couple" Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna headline at the MET.
I finally got around to joining Netflix and we got the first selection on our list, Good Night and Good Luck, yesterday. I think we're going to enjoy the service. I know you can see movies from Netflix on the computer but neither of us is interested in crowding around a laptop for two hours.
Netflix has a fairly good selection. I didn't find Luchino Visconti's Senso, which we became interested in after reading Farley Grainger's book, but did find Topkapi, something I had no success with at several Boston area video stores, even the big chains (which were, to be fair, closing right and left due to the inroads of on-demand and Netflix). There is even a collection of gay-themed films, although hardly exhaustive. Anyway, I'm in the free trial period now but if the service is always as fast as on our first delivery, I'll stay with it.
you can connect your laptop to your tv set (or cable box) with a very inexpensive cable.
you can order ROKU - which now will stream Amazon Video on demand as well as any INSTANT WATCH Netflix items.
needs either a wireless or hard wired network connection.
never see a commercial again - woo!
Happy New Year!
I feel we are playing the Cheese Shop sketch from Monty Python.
PS- My word verification today is PSYCH