I took these images around The First Church of Christ, Scientist on S. Third in Old Louisville. The Church will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of breaking ground for its magnificent building next year. Amazing.
It is going through an extensive restoration at the moment. It is worth every dollar they are putting into it.
I fell in love with a gnarly old tree too battling with a nearby pine tree. I believe the gnarly old tree will win the day.
This is such a wonderful staging of Turandot. The setting is magical. And it features Barbara Frittoli as Liu. Can never get enough Frittoli. Watch!
Subtitled in several languages including English.
Zubin Mehta conducts the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino orchestra and chorus in this performance of Puccini’s opera. The cruel Princess Turandot (Giovanna Casolla), ruler of China, will only wed a prince who can answer correctly her three riddles. Those who fail are executed. Prince Calaf (Sergej Larin), son of the exiled king of Tartary, falls in love with Turandot as soon as he sets eyes on her, and despite the protestations of his friends and family sets out to pass her test.
Puccini began working on the opera Turandot in 1920. The next year, he started composing the music. Two years later, in 1924, Puccini had all but finished the opera’s final duet.
Puccini disliked the text of the duet and postponed composing it until he was able to correct the text. When he finally chose the words for it, two days later he was was diagnosed with throat cancer. Having decided to travel to Belgium for treatment and surgery the last week of November 1924, Puccini died as a result of the surgery on November 29. Therefore, the opera itself was never finished by Puccini.
The image above is from an article I came across from 10 June 2014 (isn’t today 10 June 2016? – it is!) looking for a picture of Camilla wearing a particular bright blue beret with an extra long feather (pheasant I think it was) rather ambitiously perched on top at a jaunty angle.
Admittedly I am a hat lover, but I have looked at so many royal hats over the years I was able to identify the three lego royals in this pictures strictly by their hats — which it turns out was the objective.
They were blatantly obvious to me too. Perhaps I need some help.