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Friday the 13th: Origins, Myths, and Beliefs

Today was Friday the Thirteenth.

A day that is deemed to be very unlucky to many people. And the superstition surrounding this day are anything but new; beliefs about the number thirteen can be traced back to 1700 B.C. 949 more words


Maometto II a Success for the COC

The Canadian Opera Company (COC) opened the Canadian premiere of Gioachino Rossini‘s opera Maometto on Friday night.  The opera stars Luca Pisaroni as Maometto, Leah Crocetto as Anna, Bruce Sledge as Erisso, and Elizabeth DeShong as Calbo. 429 more words


ROH 2016-2017 confirmed, let's talk!

So, it’s finally out!

Let’s start with Mozart:

Mitridate (26 June–7 July 2017) 

Mitridate – Michael Spyres
Aspasia – Albina Shagimuratova
Farnace – Bejun Mehta… 1,611 more words


Happy birthday, Gioachino

Italian composer Gioachino Rossini was born on February 29, 1792. Although he composed music in many different genres, he is best remembered today for his many operas, which include  25 more words

Musical Offerings

29th February – Italians invented the leap year, who knew?

Every fourth year we get an extra day for free on February 29th. And 2016 is one of those years. Which got me thinking. Why… 774 more words

Ancient Romans

Tell William it's Over(ture)

(Orangely) Clocking in at roughly 12 minutes, Arturo Toscanini’s interpretation of Gioachino Rossini’s infamous William Tell Overture can easily be downsized onto two, 45rpm records, as with this RCA Victor release from 1949. 83 more words


Rossini's Otello in Vienna

Rossini wrote Otello in 1816, between Il barbiere di Siviglia and La Cenerentola, as a commission for the royal theatre in Naples. Anyone expecting a faithful musical rendition of Shakespeare – as Lord Byron did – was in for a disappointment. 344 more words