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Subject: Measha, Marcello and Musetta
From: "G. Paul Padillo" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:G. Paul Padillo
Date:Sun, 14 Feb 2010 13:12:04 -0500

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As several of us have noted, Measha has shed a great deal of weight 
and looks freakin' gorgeous (actually, she was still pretty gorgeous in 
her plus size days).  She made the news last year with her 

As to what she's doing, we have this thing called the internet and a 
quick Google will whisk one away to Miss Brueggergosman's web site 
where she's happy to tell you (in her phrasing "What's Up?"  She has a 
new Deutsche Grammophon recording ready for release this year, 
songs by Mozart, Strauss, de Falla, 

Performances operatic seem to be, at least for now, on hold as 
Measha is in production as host of a new television show on German 
television's "Arte" network.  It appears to be a variety/talk show 
on "all spectrums of the arts" from worlds of opera and classical music, 
to jazz, rock, dance, fashion and comedy.

Her concert and recital schedule looks pretty impressive for the 
upcoming year, however.  Many major orchestra assignments, (The 
Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati, Vancouver, The Netherlands) singing 
Les nuits d'été, the Wesendonck Lieder, the Mahler 8th, Ravel's 
Shéhérazade. Then recitals throughout German and Luxembourg with 
pianists, Leif Ove Andsnes, Marc Andre Hamelin, Justus Zeyen, singing 
works of Copland, Mahler and Bolcolm. 

In July she sings Carmen in Venezuela with Sir Simon Rattle conducting 
the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar.

It's not all opera, but she is one busy (and amazing) gal!

Theresa wrote:  "I'm a huge sucker for Marcello and Musetta. ;)  I wish 
there was an opera about them!"

There is!  Leoncavallo's "La Boheme."  

Though Mimi also dies at the end here (sorry for the spoiler!) Musetta 
and her man are pretty much the central characters. It's fun to hear 
the "mix up" from the men as here Marcello is a tenor (and whose big 
aria was performed and recorded by no less than Caruso with the 
composer accompanying) and casts Rodolfo as a baritone.  I remember 
first hearing von Stade in her wonderful "Italian Opera Arias" LP 
(never, I believe released on CD, and with the wonderful opener of 
Monteverdi's "Di misera Regina" from "Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria") 
singing Musetta's big aria . . . and wishing, praying and hoping against 
hope that SOMEBODY would mount a production of this opera for her!  
Helas . . . 

"You'll stop worrying what others think about you once you realize 
they don't."

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