Soprano Adele Addison, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 8, 1955, around the time she played Mimi in La Boheme at City Center in New York. Ms. Addison, a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, also dubbed Dorothy Dandridge’s singing voice for the 1959 film, “Porgy and Bess.” Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
But how does one become musical? This, my young friend, is like all things a gift; it consists chiefly of a fine ear and a quick conception, and it is left to us that they may be cultivated and enhanced. You will not come by it through long days as a hermit practicing mechanical studies, but rather by an extensive engagement [Verkehr] with the musical world, especially with the chorus and orchestra.
Okay so this shit is in my likes and it’s come across my dash a few times since but this is the first time I’ve seen it since the following happened to me:
One time I was in Manhattan and I had a lot of walking to do and I was bored and was thinking about this gifset and I thought, huh, lets try it. So I did and I was thinking queenly, murderous thoughts and trying to see if people were more willing to get out of my way when I walked like this and then, I watch a guy pass me, do a double take, then a triple take.
Then he engages me in polite conversation for a block or two, tells me I have beautiful hair, then asks me out of drinks.
CHARLIZE THERON IS A SMART LADY BUT HER ADVICE IS POWERFUL. USE IT WISELY AND WITH CAUTION, MEN MIGHT START THROWING THEMSELVES AT YOU.
Also a lesson in opera. Any opera at any time. Opera.
The New York City Opera, nicknamed the “people’s opera” by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia when it was founded 70 years ago, has always been a low-cost alternative to the more upscale Metropolitan Opera. The company may have to cancel its upcoming season if fundraising falls short.
NYC Opera has tried virtually everything — from quitting Lincoln Center for a nomadic, in-the-neighborhoods presentation of repertoire, to a Kickstarter campaign — but it is going broke according to its director, and may shut down as early as the end of this month.