The Grammy-winning violinist played for spare change in a D.C. Metro station during a 2007 experiment with The Washington Post, and almost no one paid attention. It made for a good magazine story that won the Pulitzer Prize. But Bell hasn't been able to live it down after seven years.
Now, Bell tells thePost he is planning another public performance in the main hall at Washington's Union Station. And he hopes to have an audience this time. The performance is set for Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. More
One of the last great Italian divas, and one of opera's most
thrilling voices, has finally gone silent. Soprano Magda Olivero died in
Milan, Italy today, according to multiple media organizations including
the newspaper La Repubblica. She was 104. Olivero never had a
glitzy recording career, but she did have something her contemporaries
didn't: longevity. She sang in public for more than seven decades.
first heard Olivero almost three decades ago on one of her hard-to-get
bootlegged live recordings, and I immediately fell for her unique sound.
But don't take my word for it. Renée Fleming,
one of today's reigning divas, is so crazy about Olivero that she made a
pilgrimage to Milan to see her when the older soprano was a spry 94. watch/listen/read