Stupid Facebook. Someone recently posted one of those “ask your kids these adorable questions about you” things and of course I fell for it. Let me tell you, there are reasons people warn you not to take these quizzes. No,
Today’s radio show on WOMR was about Gian Carlo Menotti’s madrigal fable “The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore” In a recent conversation about opera people and how weird we are, a friend asked if I ever played Menotti on the
You know? things in this world are not going as planned. There are times when we here at Opera Betty read the news and shake our heads. That’s what we do when life imitates art. Life should make up some
Since it’s Mother’s Day, I asked my very clever daughter if she could think of any operas that have mothers in them. She did not disappoint. The first opera she came up with was Il Trovatore. The gypsy Azucena stole Manrico
For the February broadcast on WOMR I was going to put together a Valentine show but ran into some trouble. Valentine’s Day is a little rough for opera characters. Mimi, Mario, Violetta, Ernani, Carmen, Manrico, Lucia, Aida, Tristan and Isolde are all
(reprinted by permission from The Magazine of Yoga) History, repercussions, and desire BY MAGAZINE COLUMNIST SUSAN BLOOD I have no idea why I put off my eye exam for so long. I haven’t read a book in ages. At restaurants
Opera Betty began when the newspaper I wrote an opera column for went belly-up.The demise of the paper and my column are believed unconnected. Recently, the demised paper’s managing editor was busted with $21k in drugs believed for distribution – but
Note: Last spring I submitted a piece to Listen to Your Mother and then pulled out because I came down with pandemonium (it is too a thing.) I am posting the piece here because I am a New Englander and
I moved out. I didn’t mean to but there it is, for the whole neighborhood to see. I haven’t wanted to talk about all this because of privacy and whatnot, but then I thought: there’s probably another horrible person out
I may have freaked out a little. If you looked around our house (which I will not permit), you would understand. It’s a disaster. There’s an outlet lying on the dining room floor. An empty Tupperware on the kitchen floor.
8am Chris says the ground opened, which is what it feels like. Most of the lights don’t work and the house smells like melted appliances. The ground opened, and in we fell. I didn’t think this was supposed to happen
People are always asking me which of the upcoming Met Opera HD broadcasts they should go to, and what they’re all about. So I thought it would be helpful to list the upcoming operas with extraordinarily helpful information about each.