It's so hot my brain is melting. Which means it's time for a link post...
- What if the universe were an opera? I love these music-meets-science kinds of stories. (Via Nicole Brockmann on Twitter.)
- Just added to the blogroll: Eye Bags and Se Vuoi Pace, two blogs about, among other things, queer opera fandom, cross-dressing mezzos in white shirts, and wondrous things to be found on YouTube. (Including a fantabulous Swedish production of Rossini's La Cenerentola, segmented but viewable in its entirety.)
- "Fandom of the Opera," an article from the LA Times from a few years back. I'm not quite at this level of obsession (yet).
- I suppose, given all the attention that Twitter's gotten of late, it was only a matter of time before someone thought of this idea. Wish I could be there to see the results.
- Thanks in part to my trip to Santa Fe, I've been on a Willa Cather kick lately (Death Comes for the Archbishop, set in Santa Fe and elsewhere in New Mexico, was my airplane reading). I think it's time to reread The Song of the Lark, which was inspired by the career of Olive Fremstad (who was evidently quite the crush object for novelists of her time, as she also inspired Marcia Davenport's Of Lena Geyer — another for the reading list). The Willa Cather Archive at the University of Nebraska has a scholarly edition of The Song of the Lark online, and PBS has some information on Cather and Fremstad as part of the site for their Song of the Lark adaptation.
- I think I should be able to make it to at least some of the Met HD broadcasts at Fairfield University this year. And there was much rejoicing!