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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

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Critics called her voice "mellow yet vibrant, warm, ample and unforced". Kiri Te Kanawa was a lyric soprano from New Zealand. She was very successful during her operatic career. She was also rather fond of roles like those of Donna Elvira or Contessa Almaviva, in which she had to play a noblewoman. Kiri Te Kanawa does not sing in operas anymore but she does perform in recitals and gives masterclasses.

Believe it or not, Kiri Te Kanawa was a pop star. She sang in many bars and clubs in New Zealand and was regularly shown in the newspaper.  She received the Mobil Song Quest for singing Vissi d'arte from Puccini's Tosca.

Kiri's repertoire included Mozart, Bizet, Puccini, Verdi and many others. She was also at Frederica von Stade's benefit recital, (2011), at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

Franco Corelli: The Prince of Tenors

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Franco Corelli was an Italian opera tenor. His wide range of repertoire and fascinating voice made him one of the best. His huge voice also played a role in his career. He was particularly identified with a spinto or dramatic tenor roles, (like Mario from Puccini's Tosca or Manrico from Verdi's Il Trovatore). Read an interview with Franco Corelli and Stefan Zucker here.
Franco Corelli was born on April 8, 1921 and passed away on October 29, 2003. Franco was given the nickname "Prince of Tenors". Franco also had handsome facial features and a charismatic stage presence which connected him with the audience. 
Franco Corelli's real name was Dario Franco Corelli. He was born in Ancona into a family with no musical background at all. While Franco's, (Dario's), parents were not the most musical people, his paternal grandfather Augusto had quit his job at 35 to establish a career as an operatic tenor. Franco's father was a shipbuilder for the Italian navy a…

The Sea of Trees

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It's a beautiful place and the first thing you say is Hey, we should go there! And maybe you should just don't be surprised when you see signs in Japanese and English begging you to reconsider taking your life. After San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, the Aokigahara Forest is known for the enormous amount of suicides that occur in this so-called "paradise".

The Sea of Trees lies at the northwest base of Mount Fuji in Japan. In many Japanese legends, the Sea of Trees is associated with demons and other supernatural creatures.

In 2002, 78 bodies were found. In 1998, 74 bodies were found. In 2003, the count rose to 100 bodies. The numbers grew at such a rate that the government stopped making the numbers public in order to preserve Aokigahara's reputation. In 2004, 108 bodies were found within the Sea of Trees. In 2010, 247 people attempted suicide but only 54 succeeded in actually taking their lives. The suicide numbers increased more quick than usual during…

The Montagues and the Capulets Are Back

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The unforgettable story of Romeo and Juliet is known by all. The fake death of Juliet done for happiness and the tragic fate of them both afterwards. On the other hand, not all of us know The Capulets and the Monatgues. This story is the original story on which Shakespeare based his Romeo and Juliet. The opera The Capulets and the Montagues, was written by Vincenzo Bellini. His music corresponds perfectly with all that is happening on stage. The audience sheds tears as Romeo drinks the poison and Juliet comes back to life. 
The stunning cast included Mezzo Joyce DiDonato as Romeo and Soprano Nicole Cabell as Giulietta (Juliet). Eric Owens as Capellio (Lord Capulet) and Saimir Pirgu as Tebaldo, (Tybalt)

Randomness Assumption

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Anyone ever heard of artist Anna Seven. Anna Seven is an American artist living and working in San Francisco. From a very young age, Anna Seven has been exposed to a huge variety of artwork in her house and in galleries. Anna has always enjoyed art and music. Music is an art, and art is music. Anna's works are in many private collections in Argentina, Armenia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Brittian, Israel, and USA.

Anna Seven started getting interested in art seriously in third grade. At age 18, Anna left her home country and learned how to use pen and ink professionally. She also worked a lot with watercolors, oil paints, and colored pencils. Anna Seven then graduated from YSU in 1995 with an MS in Electrodynamics and Theory of Electromagnetic Field. Anna paints in many styles with oil and acrylics on canvas. Her most important style would be best described as Aggressive Idiocy in Figurative Expressionism.