Rossini’s ‘Tancredi’ 羅西尼《唐克雷迪》

by Michael Caruso   Opera Philadelphia opened its production of Giocchino Rossini’s “Tancredi” Friday evening, Feb. 10, in the Academy of Music. The performance was so well conceived and efficaciously presented that I, for one, find it hard to believe that mountings of this early opus are as rare as they are. 費城歌劇院(Opera Philadelphia)於二月十日週五晚間,在音樂學院首演羅西尼(Giocchino Rossini)歌劇《唐克雷迪》(Tancredi)。當天的表演精彩備受好評,令我不解羅西尼這齣早期作品為何上演的機會並不多。…

Cycling Taipei 60K 馳騁台北60K

Text and Image by Na’U 圖/文   「106線我之前騎過,很舒服!」「那…喬一天揪團來騎吧!就拜託你帶隊囉!」 “I’ve biked along Route 106, super cool!”  “Then … let’s fix a date for a group ride! And, you will lead us, how about it?!” 有著單車環島的紀錄、車友鄭勵淵每天騎單車上下班,也經常與熱血鐵馬愛好者一同騎乘;因此雖然來到台北工作不過一年多時間,反倒比我這個老台北更熟稔大台北的單車路線!一句簡單的起心動念,熱心的他當下答應策劃此趟的「萬隆~平溪單車60K」! Fellow cyclist Zheng Li-Yuan bikes to work every day, and regularly goes on excursions with other cycling enthusiasts. He came to…

Stunning Berlioz 震撼白遼士

by Michael Caruso   Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra in concerts this weekend in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Two stunning works by Hector Berlioz braced Camille Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, performed by the brilliant young Canadian cellist, Stephane Tetreault. He gave the one-movement concerto a splendid reading, but it…

The Fly 蒼蠅

by William Blake 威廉・布萊克   Little Fly, 小蒼蠅呵, Thy summer’s play 這夏日的嬉遊 My thoughtless hand 怕被我隨意揮手 Has brushed away. 打斷了吧? Am not I 而我莫非 A fly like thee? 像你,是一隻蠅蟲? Or art not thou 而你莫非 A man like me? 似我,堂堂為人? For I dance, 我曼舞, And drink, and sing, 品酒,吟唱, Till some blind hand 直到那盲目的手 Shall brush…

Think Big 想像的空間

by Deborah Kaplan   Emptiness.  Then, a series of spontaneous and then more casual decisions, as the form took shape and began to make itself. 如大虛空, 恆無起滅。然而,那思惟來時,卻像行雲流水一樣輕快,造型隨意的設計竟也就遂步呈現出來了。 There was never a moment from the beginning to the end of creating these pieces that I doubted they would come out in a way that seemed ‘right’…