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Alton Thompson
Conductor, Art Photographer, Author
Conductor, Art Photographer, Author
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A friend asks 'Are we in a simulation?'
In 1875 Georges Bizet wrote an opera, 'Carmen.' The title character is a Romani woman in Spain who works in a cigarette factory by day while moonlighting as a member of a gang of smugglers. She may be taken as an example of some questions artists encounter ...

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Welcome to Yilan on the northeast coast of Taiwan. Join Tricia Wong for a friendly tour!


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Announcing the launch of a new blog for my books. Welcome!

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Vintage 1929
Cheers to conductor Bernard Haitink , born 1929 March 4 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. https://youtu.be/FQhpWsRhQGs?t=22m44s ______________________

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Another birthday?
So soon? Yow. Cue music! ______________________

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O, mia patria
Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate;  Go, thought, on wings of gold; va, ti posa sui clivi, sui colli, go settle over the slopes and the hills, ove olezzano tepide e molli  where waft, soft and mild, the fragrant l'aure dolci del suolo natal! sweet airs of our na...

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Show Time
'You know I'm retired from hero work.'
'As am I, Robert, yet here we are.' The Incredibles Pixar, 2004, all rights reserved ______________________

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Coraggio
'O God, who once stirred love and hope in our souls,
now kindle a passion for liberty.' Giuseppe Verdi Duet: ‘Dio, che nell’alma infondere’ Act 2, Don Carlo (1867) Placido Domingo (Don Carlo), tenor Louis Quilico (Rodrigo), baritone Metropolitan Opera (1983...

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Listen to '1001 Nights' any time at ICRT
Some people have asked when 1001 Nights: The Radio Play will be available for listening on demand. That time has finally arrived! You can find the audio at the ICRT web site and on the ICRT app Radio On Demand.   http://www.icrt.com.tw/on_dema nd_history.ph...

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Opera in Cinema
  What makes opera such a powerful element in many films? In this short video essay provided by the English National Opera , Lewis Bond suggests that where film often reflects our experience, opera refracts it. The result injects an element of raw but unive...
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