almaviva90: (The Merry Widow)
Just realised that it's only one month until I see/hear Sir Tom (and Flott) live at last! The 6th of August will be a bit hectic since [ profile] enserric will be moving houses that day but hopefully everything will go without a hitch *crosses fingers* and then we can proceed to sightseeing about Cambridge the following day.

And also I think that nearly all of my recent LJ entries are related to HP. I really must stop fangirling over HP now until I actually get to see the final film next week (which is also when I leave for London *le gasp*). Oh, tension and nervousness galore. 
almaviva90: (brian may 1981)
Been seeing a lot of macros these days and finally found out how people created them...started out with some random picture on the site and funnily enough it came up with Washington crossing the Delaware and so here are some history-related macros and some not so history-related ones. Sorry couldn't resist...XD

Utter randomness... )
almaviva90: (the merry widow)
Can I say once again how lovely Thomas Allen and Felicity Lott are as an operatic couple? Brilliant singers and brilliant chemistry.

Watched the entire ROH '97 production of The Merry Widow - yes, the one that got me into opera in the first place - and I can see why I was drawn to it. Why? Because the acting from these two singers is marvellous...I almost forgot I was watching an operetta and was actually watching a play instead. One scene which I have never seen before on Youtube was so touching. It's the scene in Act II where Danilo (Allen) and Hanna (Lott) are teasingly suggesting places they might visit in Paris from the Pontevedrian Embassy to the more lively places like Maxims. Although it starts out all comedic and light-hearted, the atmosphere quickly turns into a very tangible sense of unspoken love between the two characters, especially so when he, in particular, doesn't want to admit it. You could basically live and breathe it in the air JUST by watching these two act. Such a beautiful moment. Flott and Allen can basically do everything - from comedy to romance to strained relationships, e.g. their Count and Countess in Le nozze di Figaro and still make it seem so natural and non-wooden.

Okay, I'm rambling...I'm returning to internship work this morning...and despite not sleeping (I really can't sleep these days, damn), I think I'll manage (hopefully).


Aug. 14th, 2009 08:33 pm
almaviva90: (TA 1998 Barcelona)
I feel like I'm living the life of an insomniac hermit this past week. I haven't gone out for about 4-5 days straight. and my internal body-clock has definitely been messed up...waking up in the late afternoon after getting to sleep around 6-8 in the morning. -__-

But the bloody problem is that no matter how much I want to (and force myself to) sleep at what are considered normal sleeping hours; I can't. Grr...well, I won't pretend that I don't know why I'm behaving like this...alas, a bout of mild depression has settled in again and I can't seem to shake it off. This bout is definitely the longest one I've had so far and what really isn't helping to get my spirits up is that HKU starts in 2-3 weeks.

So to combat this I'm just going to overwhelm myself with music...Purcell's Ode for the Birthday of Queen Mary is sort of helping...the finale ('See Nature, rejoicing') of this wonderful Baroque piece is quite uplifting. It's been a while since I've listened to Baroque music after listening to a lot of Mozart operas. It's amazing that only about 70 ish years separate Baroque operas to Mozart ones and yet the sound/tone seem quite different. But I can definitely say that baroque stuff is not easy to sing with a very considerable number of trills to do...probably the most difficult period to sing for professional singers. So the apparent ease with which Flott and TA sing these pieces is astonishing.

almaviva90: (the merry widow)
Since I missed out on seeing Flott and TA in May...the gods above have given me a chance to see them again later this year. In Bath!

Wow, and in the Assembly Rooms too at Bath which is a famous setting/location in Jane Austen's novels like Northhanger Abbey and Persuasion. OMG...Austen and my favourite opera singers together in one place...bloody fantastic.

I am so making myself go this time in November. *immediately makes plans to force her mother to go with her*

I'm such an evil daughter XD

almaviva90: (carmina burana)

I am ALREADY keenly aware that there is going to be a BIG recital in Oxford on 2nd May with TA and Felicity Lott (one of my fav sopranos after I saw her with TA in a previous recital and the 1997 ROH production of 'The Merry Widow').

Which I already know I CAN'T go to.

But does this website/news report have to rub this sad fact in? Seriously?

Also, the nice big picture of TA isn't helping...

Plus the fact that "they don't [perform together] terribly often" and that due to the special event, "they're going to be talking to the audience a bit as well" isn't exactly lifting my spirits either...


almaviva90: (maestro)
According to, Thomas Allen is going to have a recital with her as well as Malcolm Martineau at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford on 2nd May 2009

(from the Oxford Playhouse website)

Felicity Lott, Malcolm Martineau & Thomas Allen
Music at Oxford Saturday, 2nd May 2009 7:30 PM
Music at Oxford's logo

Felicity Lott soprano
Malcolm Martineau piano
Thomas Allen baritone

This one-off gala event features two of Britain's finest and most famous singers with one of the best accompanists in the world beside them. They delve into the world of song, with a mixture of solos and duet pieces by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Coward and Rogers & Hammerstein. This is one of the hottest tickets of the season.

Entrance Time:

15% discount when booking 8+ Music at Oxford Concerts or a Group of 10 (Not available online, please call 01865 305305)

No admittance to Under 6's.
Venue: Sheldonian Theatre
Prices: £40, £26, £18, £10

OMG...soooo want to go...*makes it one of her goals next year*

Hmm...but £40 and even £26 is expensive for one ticket. *sighs*


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