Stellar Seattle Opera in the Daughter of the Regiment

2022091554The Seattle Opera presents Gaetano Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment—now playing at McCaw Hall until November 2nd. With rousing tunes, well-timed humor, and lovable characters, Daughter delights from start to finish.

Performed entirely in French with English subtitles, it follows Marie, an orphan raised by Napoleon’s 21st Regiment. Surrounded by her 1500 protective fathers, hilarity ensues when peasant, Tonio, attempts to woo Marie. The laughs only continue as Marie finds herself having to be prim and proper upon reunion with her long lost “aunt.” The vocal acrobatics of Sarah Coburn (Marie) and Lawrence Brownlee (Tonio) are truly impressive throughout. Chills tickled my spine every other note. Oh, and be sure to watch out for an especially chipper manservant who steals the show in Act II.

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The Oscars: A Night of Profound Beauty

oscars-2013It’s the night many of us wait for all year. It’s a night dedicated to art in some of it’s highest forms. Whether you tune in to admire the art of fashion, cinematography, music, or animation, the Oscars have something that speaks to each one of us. It gives us the opportunity to celebrate all the varied and higher beauties of this life. International author and religious leader Mary Baker Eddy says, “My sense of the beauty of the universe is, that beauty typifies holiness, and is something to be desired.” Tonight’s Academy Awards are about more than glitz and glamour, the event is a representation of beauty, including dedication, diligence, and passion, that characterizes holiness. Continue reading “The Oscars: A Night of Profound Beauty”