We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
O mio babbino caro,
mi piace è bello, bello;
vo'andare in Porta Rossa
a comperar l'anello!
Sì, sì, ci voglio andare!
e se l'amassi indarno,
andrei sul Ponte Vecchio,
ma per buttarmi in Arno!
Mi struggo e mi tormento!
O Dio, vorrei morir!
I believe I have a complete collection. However, no matter how sophomoric, and unsophisticated it is, I still believe that I can hear the sound of butterflys when she does that particular piece (une bel di (?))
I have determined that I shall become more familiar with Opera. I have begun by attending some of the matinees where they give a class. It is great fun.
If you like Strauss, here's the Presentation of the Rose from Der Rosenkavalier, with Anne Sophie von Otter as Octavian and Barbara Bonney as Sophie. Barbara Bonney has perhaps the greatest vocal control since Montserrat Caballe.
I love every note Richard Strauss wrote. I actually have quite a few Strauss clips, here: