Thursday, May 10, 2018

Figaro! Figaro! Fi-gaaa-row!

Diaristwoman and I haven't been to the opera in 20 years, funny--back before children we had season tickets to the orchestra, but that was then.  A month or so ago I saw that the National Opera Company was going to stage a short run of Rossini's well known opera, The Barber of Seville at the Kennedy Center  

We discussed going for, oh maybe an microsecond and went on-line and pulled the trigger for tickets.  Our showing is tomorrow evening. Personally, I prefer Italian Opera over German Opera.  Italian Opera is filled with sex and shenanigans and laughter.  German Opera is filled with angst, dark brooding, anger and regret.    

Besides warming up by listening to great baritones , of course I looked for great skating programs using the same music.  Hop aboard the Way-Back Machine and go back all the way to 2015 and enjoy Javi Fernandez as he skates to first place in that year's World Championship in Shanghai.  Buckle up, Javi gives us a wild ride, falling out of a triple Salchow and doubling another jump which should have been a triple but never the less our hero pulled off the win.  Coach Brian Orser gets caught up in the spirit of things on the side lines.  Enjoy!


  1. Thanks for posting, George. Enjoyed watching this program again; I really like that sit spin jump sit spin Javi does. And the footwork is great with this music; what a sense of flair. Hope the opera was fun!

  2. It never ceases to amaze me how a skillful music cutter can chop and splice bits and pieces of music, in this case from the Opera's overture and Figaro's aria, into a cohesive whole. Coming fresh from the opera makes this all the more apparent. Always fun to watch Javi.

  3. *Cough*--"Abduction from the Seraglio" The brooding is where?

  4. I could see Javi skating to the overture from Seraglio. Mozart was the most "Italian" of German language composers.