Wednesday, July 15, 2009

One of Those Good News-Bad News Posts

Here's for the good news:

La Scala brings Verdi's Requiem to Tel Aviv - for free
By Staff

Daniel Barenboim will conduct more than 200 singers and musicians as part of Tel Aviv's 100th birthday celebration.

Milan's world famous La Scala opera will be performing Verdi's Requiem in Tel Aviv on Thursday night, in a free open-air concert at Yarkon Park.

The bad news is the date, according to the Jewish Calendar. It's in the three weeks between the 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av. That's the time of the year, in deference and mourning the destruction of our Holy Temples, it is forbidden to go to attend large events and musical performances. That means that the opera is not the place for Jews to be on that date.


Hadassa said...

Shalom! there's an even bigger reason for Jews not to be there.

"The Messa da Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi is a musical setting of the Roman Catholic funeral Mass (called the Requiem from the first word of the text, which begins Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, meaning, "Grant them eternal rest, O Lord"—see the entry at "Dies Irae"). It was first performed on 22 May 1874 to mark the first anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, an Italian poet and novelist much admired by Verdi. The piece is also sometimes referred to as the Manzoni Requiem. A typical performance takes around 85–90 minutes."

Batya said...

Hadassa, thanks for the info.

So we can word this as a Trojan Horse. Free performances like free gifts can be very dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Why is there any good news here at all?

We're talking about Daniel Barenboim, self-loathing Jew extraordinaire.

No self-respecting Israeli should attend. Ah, there's the rub!

Anonymous said...

please let me know if this will be broadcast live on local tv or internet as I will not be able to attend

Batya said...

a, sorry, wrong address

shy, some people like operas and music like that, and they can't afford the high price of tickets.