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Small triumphs [Dec. 11th, 2003|10:44 pm]
Zoethe
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1. I nailed the property exam tonight. So sweet.

2. I actually managed to get the pumpkins and cornstalks into the trash today. We are still bleakly undecorative, but at least we are no longer absurdly out of season. That's almost like a step up.

3. I updated my my amazon.com wishlist. (And this link allegedly works!) I was delighted to learn that some of my favorite versions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas, done by the Stratford Compy in Canada, have at last been released on DVD.

The problem with loving Gilbert & Sullivan is that non-opera people think you are hopelessly strange and opera people think you are a poser. No respect.
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2003-12-11 08:06 pm (UTC)
but other G&S people, upon learning that (like a sensible thinking person) you love the stratford productions, can barely contain their squeeing.

SQUEE!

i have the four good ones on vhs. (okay, the three good ones and pirates, which i adored as a child but whose soprano now bugs the hell out of me with the wobbly vibrato that's centered just a shade flat of the note she's trying for -- plus, she's sort of homely.) someday the dvds will be mine as well. :-) i haven't seen their pinafore, which i think came up a year or so before the mikado that actually set the whole revival thing in motion -- is it also good? (they did remounts of mikado and gondoliers about -- jesus, about ten years ago, maybe a little less, but it just wasn't the same. and they did a whole different pirates, which was (a) fabulous and (b) not televised. and they did a pinafore just before that, which was good but not bloody fantastic the way everyone was expecting.)

and now you get an extra icon too! since i can't use two icons on one post ...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-11 08:15 pm (UTC)
Omigawd, I thought I was the only person in the WORLD who had ever seen them! I have their productions of Iolanthe (my own personal G&S favorite, though I finally saw Patience on stage last year and could kick it's way in), The Gondoliers, and The Mikado on VHS. The tall fellow who plays The Grand Inquisitor and Poobah is a SCREAM. I haven't seen their other productions, but I think the Kevin Kline/Linda Ronstad Pirates will remain a favorite - rumor has it that the live performance from the stage production will be released on DVD soon, and will have the advantage of no edited songs.

And may I just add,

SQUEEEEE!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2003-12-11 08:22 pm (UTC)
the only person in the world? not a chance, dude. :-) i grew up on them, and a bunch of us when i was in high school (summer theatre group used to put on a G&S every summer. in three weeks. no fooling.) used to watch them constantly. i don't actually know the real words to any of the songs, just the rewritten ones with early-80's canada jokes in them.

the dancing in the stratford pirates is to die. most of the singing is damned good as well, but like i said the soprano gives me hives. (the singing in the kevin kline one doesn't please me at all either, frankly -- the men are okay, but the women, ugh, nails+blackboard. i mean, that was what they were after, but i found it annoying rather than amusing. plus, linda ronstadt?! [sings from forbidden broadway: "poor warbling star, can't sing above an a-natural ..."]) the major-general is the guy who played the duchess in their gondoliers.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-11 09:02 pm (UTC)
I will no doubt collect them all.

And are you at all impressed that I can do the whole "Modern Major General" song at speed - including the encore?
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2003-12-11 09:13 pm (UTC)
if you're impressed that i can do it. :-) (i played the major general when i was 16. hey, there were like three boys in the whole production, and we needed them to be frederic and the pirate king and, um, someone else. samuel, i think. might have been like a nine-year-old in the chorus, too, now that i think about it.)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-11 09:14 pm (UTC)
I am indeed! Huzzah!
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[User Picture]From: shiftercat
2003-12-12 06:41 pm (UTC)
As soon as you mentioned a funny tall guy, I knew that this is the version of The Mikado that we've got.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-13 07:45 am (UTC)
Isn't he a scream? He's fabulous in The Gondoliers, too.
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[User Picture]From: albumlady
2003-12-11 08:55 pm (UTC)
Congratulations!! Most excellent for you - we took down our halloween flag last weekend if it makes you feel any better!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-11 09:03 pm (UTC)
That does help a bit. They weren't carved pumpkins, so arguably Thanksgiving decor, but STILL!!!
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[User Picture]From: spreadsothin
2003-12-11 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'm a very non-opera person. I love Amahl and the Night Visitors and La Boheme, but there it ends.

Gilbert and Sullivan: meh.

I like Pirates of Penzance. (C'mon: pirates + big words). The others I've been exposed to, I find them full of generalizations, soaring songs without a point, and boring.

(emphasis on the exposed to )
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-12 03:57 am (UTC)
How do you feel about classical music in general, Bach, Vivaldi, Beethoven - just curious.
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[User Picture]From: spreadsothin
2003-12-12 10:26 am (UTC)
I like classical music, a lot.
Mozart is probably my favorite, and I don't like much of Mahler.
Currently, my interests just tend to be more focused on things that tell stories, so musical theatre is my favourite.
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[User Picture]From: jessihiggs
2003-12-11 09:36 pm (UTC)
As a classically trained singer, I find G&S too musical theatre.

But the Musical Theatre whore in me can' get myself to love G&S while performing.

But G&S and other operettas are the wonderful middle ground between showtunes and hardcore opera.

In which case I love them. The first time I was concious of G&S was when I saw a college production of the Mikado in the 7th grade. I fell in love, but had to remain in the closet. God forbid my Opera and Clasical instructors heard me listening to it. They surely would have died.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-12 04:01 am (UTC)
At the beginning of the Stratford Iolanthe production the singer who plays the fairy queen (referred to by the "stage hands" as The Diva) asks what they are singing tonight and is told "Iolanthe." She heaves a great sigh and mutters, "That it should come to this...."

They are the bonbon of opera, guilty little confections.

And like I said, no respect. [g]

(I do, by the way, love real opera, though having very little exposure I am not well-versed.)
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[User Picture]From: salix_03
2003-12-11 11:19 pm (UTC)
im glad you did well in your exam! and that snowman icon is SO cute!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-12 04:18 am (UTC)
Isn't it a great icon? Someone sent me the picture today and I HAD to icon-ize it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-12 05:54 am (UTC)

Re: yay

Yes, yes I did. And I used Nome 2000.

It was a big part of the question, along with abandonment, trespass, unjust enrichment, and rights of access/right to exclude.
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[User Picture]From: tygher
2003-12-12 06:04 am (UTC)
*giggles*

I still have pumpkins on the front porch. And autum decorations on the altar. I just have nothing for Yule! *sobs* And too much else to do. This weekend, maybe.

Yay on the exam! I can't imagine the relief that must be.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-12 06:10 am (UTC)
The relief will come after next week, when I finish the other three. This one was for the class I feel best about. Monday's is the worrisome one.
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[User Picture]From: ladycathead
2003-12-12 03:56 pm (UTC)
Congrats on updating the decor. Sometimes it gets a little crazy, so you get behind. No big deal. I have fairy lights in my window all year round. At first it was because I was lazy but I now figure I just like having them up. The patio lit up with fairy lights on a summer evening is very inviting. :)

I like G & S...but mostly for sentimental reasons...at the school I went the drama prof was going thru a huge G & S phase so we performed Pirates, The Mikado, The Gondeliers, etc...and I had such a good time with everyone in them.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-12 05:52 pm (UTC)
Eep! That's what I wanted to do, put lights on the pergola! Dangit!

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[User Picture]From: girliewhirl
2003-12-12 07:26 pm (UTC)

Those are BIG triumphs in my book!

(at least, the first one is for sure!)

Congrats on nailing the property final! Feels good to them behind you, doesn't it?

What else do you have this semester? I will leave some flowers for Athena for you...

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-12-13 07:08 am (UTC)

Re: Those are BIG triumphs in my book!

Criminal law on Monday, Constitutional Law on Wednesday, Civil Procedure II on Thursday.

How 'bout you? How's your semester shaking out--other than vodka-soaked? ;-)
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[User Picture]From: taisidhe
2004-07-18 05:15 am (UTC)
The problem with loving Gilbert & Sullivan is that non-opera people think you are hopelessly strange and opera people think you are a poser. No respect.

IMNSHO, this is because their opera's (operetta's?) are GOOD art... and need no translation. I can't stand most opera ... Wagner is simply too ... it's like trying to step lightly through ankle deep mud to me.

But, Madam Butterfly is amazing.

Then again, my favorite classical stuff is by Rachmaninoff and Borodin and such.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-07-18 05:43 pm (UTC)
It's painful revisiting this entry, because after thinking I nailed that exam I got a "C".

I like opera, but it was a taste acquired late in life so I don't have he familiarity I wish I had- just no time to study it.
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[User Picture]From: taisidhe
2004-07-18 06:17 pm (UTC)
once you get done with the law school and have a few spare moments to breathe again, you an always take some courses in operatic studies...

who knows... *inserts tongue into cheek* perhaps we can get an operatic karaoke night started somewhere...

It would probably come out as something along the lines of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd singing Wagner?
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