Handel's leading sopranos, Cuzzoni and Faustina, were bitter rivals; a 1727 performance was enlivened by an onstage hair-pulling, scenery-destroying catfight between the two ladies while their respective factions slugged it out in the hall. During a disagreement at their very first rehearsal, Handel somehow picked up Cuzzoni -- who besides being foul-tempered and ugly was also quite hefty -- and dangled her out a window. When she finally saw the logic of his argument, Handel pulled her back inside and warned, "I know that you are a witch, but don't forget that I am the devil himself."Somehow I had pictured the composer of Messiah as a more sedate figure!
In Calgary, Exploring the Cultural Side of ‘Cowtown’ (link is to The New York Times) Pretty good article, although I've never seen Calgarians…
A few examples of trees broken by the accumulation of snow, as mentioned in my last post. The snow is gone, but the damage remains.
I drove around town today and was shocked at the number of trees that had been damaged by the heavy snowfall earlier in the week. It's too early in…