Friday, September 25, 2020

FOR RUTH


I think today, a week later,  it only be befitting to give this post in honor to the great ,brave and inspiring Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The late Supreme Court justice adored opera, and to feed her habit, she often turned to Philadelphians or artists closely associated with the city, and the orchestra here .Ginsburg, who died last Friday, was a lifelong devotee of classical music, and once played piano and cello. Opera, though, had a special allure. She was also quoted once as saying she couldn't imagine life without music.
So in honor of Ruth here is one of her many favorite operas and opera stars performing the entire opera. I myself am not a knowledgeable opera fan, but I can see why she liked this one, I listened to the entire opera and it did move me. So hit play and have a listen in the background. This is for Ruth.  Maria Callas in Tosca with the Orchestra and Chorus of the
Royal Opera House Covent Garden.

26 comments:

  1. a beautiful woman. an intelligent woman. RBG, you left us too soon.

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  2. What a Class Act Ruth was, Brains and Beauty! It was a privilege to have her as long as we did to change so much for so many in important ways. I don't know much about Opera, but she was correct, I couldn't imagine life without Music either!

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  3. Maria Callas - described as "fanatical, uncompromising, radiant, elegant, strong, and a little bit arrogant" - singing the role of Tosca - the feisty, resolute heroine who stood up to a bullying fascist...

    ...a perfect tribute to a remarkable woman. Jx

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  4. She stood simply for equality; no more, no less.

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  5. Ah! Maria Callas... I directed a production of "Master Class," which was based on the classes that had been recorded. She changed opera. Did you know that? Sadly, it has fallen again, in my opinion. They are right back to caring more about the note than the language (words). If you can't understand what they are singing.... I have the same issue with ANY singer, actually.

    RBG shall live forever. A great woman.

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    1. We saw Tyne Daly (no less) playing Callas in the West End production of Master Class - a marvellous play! Jx

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  6. We will miss her, very much.
    xoxo

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  7. I think she would approve. That couldn't have been any more perfect. I can still remember once when she came to Philly to meet Yannick Nézet-Séguin when he was in his second year. They got on thick as thieves. She made a point to talk to just about all us. Ruth was in Philly more then people think, she was drawn to the city. A most fitting post for this day.

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    1. A moment you'll always remember, Im sure Josh.

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  8. Jon summed it up. "the feisty, resolute heroine who stood up to a bullying fascist..." This could not be a more fitting tribute. I shall be hitting the play button and think of Ruth Bader Ginsberg listening to this.

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  9. A great operatic tribute, Mistress!

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  10. A PERFECT TRIBUTE Mistress!!!!!! Touching really.

    The immortal Maria Callas. Love her always. But now she and Ruth will both be immortal. Both with incomparable voices and interpretations. They have a lot in common.

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  11. Cap Chasen9/25/2020

    It's opera day at the Casa!!! A great tribute for a great woman by a powerfully talented opera singer for this day. This beautiful performance makes me cry. Just PERFECTION

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  12. An American figure who can converse about an engaging classical art form from the European golden age. This is a universe away from where I'm living in 2020. Sweet rest to you, Justice Ginsburg. You LIVED and savored life.

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  13. Josh Mills9/25/2020

    Excellent choice for Ruth for so many reasons. As a conservative textualist, I appreciate her love of opera and the law. May she rest in peace.

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  14. A touching post Mistress. I had read an article where Justice Ginsberg would take many of her law clerks to various operas during the year to get them to experience opera and get them involved in loving it. She was a class act.

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  15. And now I’m crying again. May her memory be a blessing to us all.

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  16. oh, Maddie!
    This post is just fantastic! RBG was (and will be) a fantastic role model to people, especially women, who should aspire to always dissent when things are just not right. Equality had a great defender in her.
    I’m not surprised she loved music. Or opera. She was an outstanding woman.
    Love me some Maia Callas too!
    You’re on fire.

    XoXo

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  17. Such a genteel post.

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  18. What a wonderful tribute to a first class lady and citizen. She will long be remembered for her wit and wisdom.

    I saw a tweet today that made me chuckle: it always warmed my heart that RBG and Scalia were friends. I hope she is up in heaven wondering where he is. @MattGoldich

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  19. Fantastic recording, Maria Callas was the definitive Tosca. And my Notorious RBG gone is heartbreaking. This was a perfect tribute. I can't imagine what kind of strength of character it took to GO BACK TO WORK after gone a few rounds with pancreatic cancer. Now, she was everything that is best about America. I hope her name lives long. I hope her work lives long. Dammit I'm crying.

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  20. To be remembered for the good things you did in life, is immortality.

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  21. Very fitting. Very lovely. Very sad. Thanks for the photos, too. I can't believe she's gone. I had so hoped she would hang on, but... when your time comes? What you gonna do? Hugs to you, my dear. We will weather this.

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  22. Perfect,sweetpea! Her memory is a blessing and a reminder to keep moving forward! When I cast my vote, it will be my tribute to her. xoxo

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