The writing is expressed vigorously and intelligently—and usually with breathtaking clarity of language and concept. The kid is asleep in his bedroom. I am fourteen years old, babysitting in a strange house, free to change TV channels without distraction or judgment. In the early s, channel surfing means kneeling in front of the TV and turning the knob through its twelve positions. I come across PBS, a channel that is never watched in my middlebrow household. On a stage, people are wearing fussy costumes and singing in a strange language, and somewhere out of sight an orchestra is playing. For a while, I kneel as in front of an altar, my hand still on the knob. Eventually, I let go of the knob and sit back on my legs. The main character, on whom I concentrate, has a voice that is clear, unaffected, and astonishingly large. She soars into its upper reaches, taking all of the bigness of her voice with it.
Related Topics. Das Magazin Germany , May May 1, The original of another piece written for Oper! Das Magazin and published in translation. Let me take this opportunity to thank Jan Geisbusch for his fluent and conversational German. Every writer who appears in a second language should be as lucky as I am.
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Jump to. Sections of this page. Accessibility Help. Email or Phone Password Forgot account? Visitor Posts. I was 18, living in Los Angeles and starting to believe that I had a voice that could be trained for Opera. Marilyn Horne was a rapidly rising mezzo soprano in the West Coast, recently returned from a contract in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. She was already a singer of note and it was around that time that I first ran into her in the studio of Ernest St.
Marilyn Horne is true living legend of the Opera…. One of the most beautiful voices ever, Marilyn Horne is one of my personal favorites, specially in the Rossini, Donizetti and Bellini repertoire!!! Marilyn Horne is also associated with the unforgettable opera duets with the also legendary Joan Sutherland. One of the most beloved Tenors of these days!