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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:48 pm

Prego...er, I mean, bitte schoen! Mehr zu kommen!


My most worn-out German phrase: Noch einmal Bier, bitte!

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby Marye » Thu Aug 07, 2003 12:55 pm

Originally posted by Stravinsky:
OT - the pictures are fantastic!

danke for sharing... :)
Ditto! :D

OT, I cannot see Lula in that one photo you say she is in. I am thinking, I require glasses now for my computer screen.

Any pictures of the choir.......? um... no special reason :roll:
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Thu Aug 07, 2003 1:51 pm

Lula's on the side of the fountain just above the crest in the center, to your left of the woman in black with short blonde hair.

Pictures of the choir? Geduld, meine Frau(lein?), Geduld.

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Thu Aug 07, 2003 3:10 pm

July 26:

We left Salzburg for Munich. Once again it would be a while before we could check into the hotel, so we had about six hours on our own in the center of town. The first thing most of did is scope out the location of the Glockenspiel so we could be sure & not miss its next performance: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Glockenspiel.jpg" alt=" - " />


Lula had been Lula-knapped the previous night, by ALTOS, no less (I thought you were my friends, sniff), so she's conspicuously absent from photos for the next few days (as well as some missed precious photo ops, which would have been meaningless without her).

This is a tomb just inside the Dom at Munich. I get a reputation on these trips as being the "old rock and dead people" guy. I like to study things I won't see the likes of at home, and that usually ends up being old rocks and dead people: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Tomb.jpg" alt=" - " />

This is the interior of St. Michaels church: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/StMichaels.jpg" alt=" - " />

This is the ceiling of the church of the Heilig Geist (Holy Ghost. I know it's supposed to be Heilige Geist, but that's what the sign said): <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Heiliggeist.jpg" alt=" - " />

We checked in to the Munich Hilton. The best hotel of the trip. Most interesting feature: Heated bathroom mirrors that don't fog when you shower, tied with mimosas with breakfast every day.

July 27:

We sang in a mass with a concert after at St. Margaret's church in Munich. Musically I feel it was our best of the tour. The accoustics were to die for! Totus Tuus opens with eight part fortissimo singing for four slow 4/4 measures, with a dramatic break at the end before we go on. In that break I think everyone had goosebumps. It felt like we literally filled the room with sound.

After the service and concert, we had a spontaneous group tour(read: unplanned) to Dachau. I'd never been to such a place, and the evil is palpable. I took only one photo there, of a monument at the entrance to the crematoria area: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Monument.jpg" alt=" - " />
It reads: "Consider how we died here."
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby Marye » Thu Aug 07, 2003 3:29 pm

Sehr traurig :(
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Fri Aug 08, 2003 2:28 pm

July 28:

We left Munich for Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Some people felt bad about Lula's disappearance and gave me another "mascot": Frederick. I said he must be Frederick, brother of Albert. You can see why: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Frederick.jpg" alt=" - " />

On our way we stopped at Neuschwanstein, castle of our buddy and Wagner-supporter, King Ludwig. It was also used by Walt Disney as a model for Sleeping Beauty's castle. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures inside. This is a view from the castle of the valley below: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/View.jpg" alt=" - " />

There are three ways to get up to the castle: walk, ride a bus, or ride a horse cart. Because we were dressed to sing later, I didn't have my brace on. Nevertheless, someone I really wanted to be with was walking up so I did, too. It was a brutal workout for me, but the next day I felt better than ever, so I eschewed the brace for the rest of the trip. This is a view of the castle: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Neuschwanstein.jpg" alt=" - " />

This is the bridge above the castle. I hiked up to it as well. I can't remember the full name, but it had Maria in it: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Bridge.jpg" alt=" - " />

From Neuschwanstein we went to Wieskirche, which is something of a pilgrimage destination. We were allowed to sing inside, and sang three pieces out of the repetoire. This is the interior: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Wieskirche.jpg" alt=" - " />

We then arrived at Garmisch-Partenkirche for the night.

July 29:

We left Garmisch-Partenkirche for Riva del Garda in Italy. For part of our journey we took a train through the Alps, from Innsbruck to Trento. Here we are waiting to board: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Boarding.jpg" alt=" - " />

This is our director, Dr. William Eichorn: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Bill.jpg" alt=" - " />

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Fri Aug 08, 2003 2:41 pm

Jul 29 continued:

We arrived at Riva del Garda. It is a lake resort, much like lake Como, but with fewer foreign tourists. After checking in to the hotel and dinner, we had a concert at Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta. We sang a couple of pieces out on the steps to get attention: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Choir.jpg" alt=" - " />
We then went inside for the bulk of the concert. This is when we sang Let All the Nations Praise the Lord, which antiphonally splits the choir into mens and womens sections, so we would part the choir whenever possible and sing from opposite sides of the church, to great effect: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Choir2.jpg" alt=" - " />


July 30:

We had a free day in Riva del Garda, and three of us decided to rent scooters and ride around the lake, which is about 150km ride. Nice helmet, eh? <img src="http://operatenor.100megs24.com/Scooter.jpg" alt=" - " />

This is a view of the lake itself from the north end: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Riva.jpg" alt=" - " />

This view is from the western shore, looking north. We had made our way most of the way around the lake by this time, and were about 40km from Riva del Garda: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Riva2.jpg" alt=" - " />

That evening, most of us had a wonderful dinner down by the waterfront. Can you tell we were having a good time? <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Rivadinner.jpg" alt=" - " />

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby Valerie » Fri Aug 08, 2003 2:55 pm

ok - hula girl and the troll...hmmmmmmmm

no pitter patter of little trolls wearing grass skirts in the future, i hope - that would be scarry

so tell me - is the hula girl an alto or soprano?

what's the troll???

:) :) :) :) :)

great pictures! thanks for sharing
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby priya978 » Fri Aug 08, 2003 3:19 pm

The troll's a countertenor!!! :D Europe looks scary. Especially the scenes around/about the castle.

Did i see a girl with pink hair? :D

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby Marye » Fri Aug 08, 2003 3:41 pm

OT - you have a good eye for landscape shots too. Great pics... Where are you in the choir?
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Fri Aug 08, 2003 3:41 pm

Hi Strav, the story of Frederick the Troll is a couple of posts back. The BBB only allows eight images per post, so if I want to tell a long story I have to split it between two posts.

I think Lula's actually an alto. ;)


Hi E, she doesn't really have pink hair, it's the lighting. She's a blonde alto <sigh>. ;)

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Fri Aug 08, 2003 3:44 pm

Hi Marye, in the first photo I'm the 5th guy in from the right - with my nose in my music. In trhe second photo I'm pretty much in the middle in the back. Hard to spot.

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby priya978 » Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:11 pm

Even tenors don't pay attention to the directors!! This is a blashpemic outrage!!! < E throws all the music maunscripts in his hands into the air around him and stomps off >
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:30 pm

July 31:

We left Riva del Garda for Venice by bus. We took the bridge across to Venice, then boarded a private launch for Lido. I was under the impression Venice was a unique entity, by itself out in the water. In fact there are several island cities around Venice, it being the largest and central part. Here we're riding the launch to Lido: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Boat.jpg" alt=" - " />

A short walk from the boat dock was our hotel, the Hotel Hungaria Palace. By Italian standards, an excellent hotel as the airconditioning actually worked: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/Hungaria.jpg" alt=" - " />

That evening we participated in an evening mass at the Basilica San Marco, the place I was most interested in seeing in Venice: <img src="http://www.operatenor.100megs24.com/SanMarco.jpg" alt=" - " />
Our participation in the mass went well. The priest celebrating the mass impressed me as being a fossil, and he conducted the mass in the most dry manner. Even the Catholics in our group were disappointed. The church, and the evidence of its vast age, was most impressive. In the dusk light, the dull glimmer of the extensive gold mosaic on the ceiling conveyed a sense of awe and mystery I'd never experienced before.

My camera battery died for good after the first day in Venice, so there is only one more photo to post, but more story to tell.

August 1:

We had a free day in Venice. A friend <sigh> and I used the day to explore the back alleys and stay off the beaten path, for the most part. Except for the Piazza San Marco and the Rialto areas, Venice is pretty empty and quiet. The amount of dilapidated architecture amazed me. Lots of bulging, crumbling walls, crumbling facades, masonry, and stonework. My roommate referred to it as "a corpse. A pleasant, nice to visit corpse, but a corpse nevertheless, and its inhabitants don't realize it's dead yet."

That evening, since we had a concert the next evening, was our end of the tour party. It was a great time, and the "roadies" (careful, Donna!) put on a hilarious skit, parodying Bill, our director in a rewrite of one of our encore pieces.

August 2:

Our second free day in Venice. My roommate and I went to Murano, which is famous for its glass making, and contributed somewhat to its economy. A good portion of our group had done the same who are much better off than my roommate and me, so I think their economy will do quite well for the near future.

That night we had our last concert, a joint concert with the Coro Alpino Veneziano, a men's chorus singing in the Alpine style, most of whom had been singing together for the last 37 years. The concert went well for both groups and the audience gave us four standing ovations. After the concert, we were given a reception by the Coro in an outdoor courtyard. I've been to these type of parties before, and it usually degenerates into a friendly singing competition, and this one was no exception. We sang Let All the Nations... there, and that's one of the pieces where I can cut loose and blast away and get away with it. After the song, two or three of the members of the Coro came to me and flattered me by saying: "Pavarotti two", and pointing at me. <big blush> Going back to Lido, we rode a vaporetto almost the entire length of the Grand Canal. I think we missed an opportunity by not singing songs all the way back, but most people were too tired. I sang some of my audition material along the way softly, and my neighbor <sigh> complimented me on that. <another blush> It was a wonderful last day and night.

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:38 pm

August 3:

We got up early and left Venice via Marco Polo airport, to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to San Francisco, then San Francisco to San Diego. Utterly exhausted and content upon arrival home!

I want to end with this photo of Venice taken from the vaporetto to Lido, on our first day. The sight took my breath away. :cool:

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby barfle » Fri Aug 08, 2003 4:47 pm

It's a darn shame about your camera battery giving up the ghost in Venice. We were there in 1997, I believe, and we took a lot of film shots. I'll have to scan some of them and post them, too.

It was an expensive tourist trap, which it's been for over a thousand years, but it's still worth it. Thanks again for sharing.
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby shostakovich » Fri Aug 08, 2003 5:11 pm

That last picture is glorious. What an album cover it would make for a Bruckner symphony!!
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Re: Looking for OT

Postby Serenity » Fri Aug 08, 2003 11:05 pm

OT, I just went through the thread. What a nice trip! Thanks for sharing with us. I'm kind of mad that Lula was kidnapped since one of my favorite photos was the parade with the Austrians cracking up across the street. I love the big smile on the guy with the purple shirt! You made their day!

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby OperaTenor » Sat Aug 09, 2003 4:28 am

Hi Serenity, it took me a while to find the guy in the purple shirt. and I thought I had good eyes!

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Re: Looking for OT

Postby piqaboo » Sat Aug 09, 2003 12:50 pm

Great shots. Looks and sounds like a great trip!
Sign me up for the next one!
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