more onion

first up:

A Vietnamese in the olympics women 20km walk race! she came in 36th at a time ~1hr33min, 8min34sec behind the world record setting champion Lashmanova from Russia! i currently watching via the fantastic “catch-up” function

Edit: wow, what a race, just absolutely amazing! this is the build-up you’d always miss in the damn usa’s broadcast where they show just 1 sec of where a US athlete is in the race then off to damn commercials… anywho, wow! now onto…

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writing-challenged opera-addict

20 Responses to more onion

  1. Eyesometric says:

    Hasn’t it all been amazing? I’ve just been watching Tom Daley in the diving final and Mo Farah in the long distance double gold. I just hope that the closing ceremony will not have too much dire music.
    Really good to see you “back” 🙂

  2. Sarah says:

    I know I’m probably biased but isn’t it amazing how the Olympics has been showcasing female athletic talent in all sorts of sports I’ve never really taken any notice of before – handball, (beach) volleyball , cross country cycling, foot ball even. Of course I still love Mo and the boyz..

    • Sarah says:

      Just discovered modern pentathlon !

    • thả diều says:

      i know, i 80000+ fans to watch the women’s football final! but i think it has been there for a while, just now that we get to see it. here in the US you still don’t see much coz they really are biased in what they choose to feed you…

      actually i just realized this is the first olympics i was cheering for the brits :-). your coverage is really amazing, and even the commentators, clearly they love mo, but they show it in a charming way, and they’re very knowledgeable about the rest of the competitors (unlike here where we mostly find out about grandmothers, grandfathers, pets, etc. of US athletes besides commercials…). and the fans’ supports for all athletes are phenomenon.

      modern pen? let me go check out, though i want first to check the 10km swimming (!!) It’s quite amazing what a human body can accomplish…

      • Eyesometric says:

        A word of advice – avoid the closing ceremony! I’ve just left it half way through a dirge of ancient pop groups. A wonderful military band appeared – as an accompaniment to an aging rocker & I got the impression the organisers ran out of steam. I expect the fireworks will be spectacular so I may catch the ending tomorrow.

      • thả diều says:

        crap, just lost my reply somewhere… back to retyping…

        thanks for the advice, i was gonna skip it altogether anyways, wanted to check out women’s 10km swimming but the onion is somehow not working at the moment… so i back to damnation de faust, what a big contrast to this clip i tell you! she’s singing again this month, also in weimar, also same opera, wonder if there’s a broadcast… still very sad there wasn’t a broadcast of messiah! judging by my experience in munich and all subsequent broadcasts, i’d have been very tempted to fly over to salzburg for it! but there’re other exciting things in life as well 🙂

        you know that interview by Kamzhalov’s, where he said he attended one of her concerts and it changed his understanding of music? i felt something similar in Munich.

        • Eyesometric says:

          There is something on the Weimar festival site about a broadcast but it does say 2011!
          By strange coincidence I have just purchased the Salzburger Festspiele Faust and am enjoying the production immensely.
          That is a vital point you make about hearing music live and the major impact it can make and it is something that you convey so very well when you tell us all about your opera adventures.
          I hope your “other exciting things in life” are flourishing too 😉

        • thả diều says:

          argh, while we’re at it, how about the missed radio broadcast on aug 5, argh argh.

          • Eyesometric says:

            How did we miss that one? argh indeed!

          • thả diều says:

            i was hoping you said you have it and if i want 🙂 . you’re right about 2012 weimar schedule though, methinks smorgy linked to wrong year, may be she is not singing this week on same opera after all. was the only music running on ship for me.

  3. Eyesometric says:

    You must know it really thoroughly then! But how come only one opera during that time? Were you deliberately immersing yourself?

    • thả diều says:

      oh, the experience was entirely new, was almost like i was welcomed from a different planet to visit these new people and observe their interesting lives. i rinsed out my player and loaded in many things prior to trip, but apparently only that last weimar version sticked (mainly roi de thule) and worked extremely well with the ship rocking motion :-). should also mentioned i made a mistake somehow and the latest capuleti didn’t come through so i was missing tomb scene (!) and duet (!!)

      ps- but i do know it through and through from way before. that salzburg video, the dragging tempo got to me somehow, and leather a little bit 😀 , but now that you mention it, i should listen to it again.

      • Eyesometric says:

        I will cast a critical ear over the tempo and completely ignore the leather 😉

        • Sarah says:

          What leather ? Seriously which opera are you talking about the VK Faust ??

          • thả diều says:

            oh, we’re talking about 2 performances: last yr via radio from Weimar which I’ve just recently got my hands on (courtesy of S); i used some of that music for my germany slide show. VK’s singing is fantasssstic, the tenor’s voice has a bit too much vibrato for my ears though. The 2nd is the salzburg 199..? dvd, let me look… this one. The tempo is sometimes quite dragging i must admit, though i can only speak from the listening perspective coz i somehow don’t manage too well the leather outfits from the casts and the whip, not sure what my issue is :-D.

            edit: actually, now that i think about it, i have more issue with the wig she’s given.

  4. Eyesometric says:

    I used to have issues with VK in none-trouser roles and it has taken me quite a while to fully appreciate some of her work. I’m still learning.

    • thả diều says:

      so did you make it to leather? i just did, whoever designed that wig should be _shot_. But apart from that, wow she looks so young! and the voice was soo different back then! quite a contrast. i’d say it’s got sort of a focused metallic ping to it compared to rich molten chocolate last (and this) year (in both Faust and Romeo)

      edit: oh, while i at it, both the tenor (Faust) and bass (Mephistopheles) were also excellent in the salzburg version. duet b/t Faust and Marguerite is very nice!

      • Eyesometric says:

        I have not had time to study or fully enjoy the Salzburg Faust yet but the bits I have seen and heard (including leather) were terrific. Brilliant casting of WW and a novel staging concept with that central “tube” thingy and the clever moving bits and projections. One day I will treat myself to a complete viewing and yes, I completely agree about the vile wig 😦

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