Thursday, June 28, 2007

In my thoughts

I almost started to write that today the "world of opera" mourns the announcement that the legendary Amercian soprano Beverly Sills is gravely ill. That is far too narrow a statement. Perhaps more importantly, the world is truly with her today in their thoughts and prayers. With my own small voice I wish her and her family the strength, comfort and resources they need in this most difficult time.

©Ken Howard

1 comment:

rebeccawinslow said...

Beverly Sills, like you, is a totally home-grown diva (meaning American-tained), but her career (begun when she was only in her late teens) predates the creation of the fine pre-professional opportunities programs like Merola, Houston and Santa Fe have afforded her fellow American opera singers. She IS opera to a whole generation of us who are delighted there are so many of YOU -- younger American artists knocking the yurpeans right out with their talent, skill, and training. She was about your age when she made her 'overnight' breatkthrough as Cleopatra in that deathless 'pre-authentic' Julius-Rudel-edited 'Giulio Cesare' that was the beginning -- 40 years ago -- of my life as an opera fan. I hate the fact that the operatic grim reaper has been cutting such a wide swath recently, and is sharpening that effing scythe as i type. Evviva Beverly -- and thank the 'numi e i fati' she got to see you herself in time.