Saturday, August 13, 2011
Usually, nothing of any interest goes on in the swale. I did begin an art installation back there a month or so ago (that will be revealed in due time) but all of its elements are stationary and wouldn't hold her attention beyond a passing glance. But I began to understand her interest when I walked into the swale this afternoon and saw a largish snake on the ground more or less right outside"her" window. But the snake was not alone. The following picture may be disturbing to some; it is, however a legitimate part of nature.
The Santa Fe Opera will present three new worksBy ANTHONY TOMMASINI, The New York Times
The first will be “Oscar,” based on the life of Oscar Wilde, composed by Theodore Morrison, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, with a libretto by the director John Cox, who has staged six productions for Santa Fe. Drawing heavily on Wilde’s descriptions of his ordeals during two years of imprisonment, as well as his letters and documents from his contemporaries, “Oscar” will star the countertenor David Daniels in the title role.
The other commissioned work is “Cold Mountain,” based on the best-selling novel by Charles Frazier, with music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon set to a libretto by Gene Scheer. Scheduled for the 2015 summer season, it will feature the baritone Nathan Gunn in the role of W. P. Inman, the Confederate soldier (played by Jude Law in the 2003 film version of the novel), who deserts the army as the Civil War is coming to an end. Both “Oscar” and “Cold Mountain” are co-commissions with Opera Company of Philadelphia through its American Repertoire Program.
The third new work will be the 2014 American premiere of “Miss Fortune,” by the British composer Judith Weir, which was commissioned for and given its world premiere this summer at the Bregenz Festival in Austria. It will also be presented next year at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in London, which co-commissioned the work. With a libretto by Ms. Weir, “Miss Fortune” is based on “Sfortuna,” a Sicilian folktale. Two of Ms. Weir’s earlier operas had their American premieres at Santa Fe: “A Night at the Chinese Opera” in 1989, and “Blonde Eckbert” in 1994.
In a statement Mr. MacKay noted the Santa Fe Opera’s “enviable record of presenting new works to the public,” including 9 commissions, 3 world premieres and 44 American premieres, starting with the premiere of Marvin David Levy’s opera “The Tower” in the company’s inaugural 1957 season.
A blue shark found in the woods of New Hampshire
I think it's a wonder the coyotes didn't get it before it began to rot.
Having grown up in snake-free Ireland, I have a fear of the things. I'd hate to know that one was living in a wall right outside my window.