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« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2009, 05:03:44 AM »

 " German opera singer Behrens dies in Japan, she was 72 ! "     

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/entertainment/view/german-opera-singer-behrens-dies-in-tokyo

   
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German soprano Hildegard Behrens, one of the finest Wagnerian performers of her generation, has died while traveling in Japan. She was 72.

Jonathan Friend, artistic administrator of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, said in an email to opera officials that Behrens felt unwell while traveling to a festival near Tokyo. She went to a Tokyo hospital, where she died of an apparent aneurism on Tuesday.

Friend’s email was shared with The Associated Press by Jack Mastroianni, director of IMG Artists.

Her funeral was planned in Vienna.

Organizers for Behrens’ visit in Japan said she was in this country to teach lessons in the hot springs resort town of Kusatsu, north of Tokyo, from Aug 21-29. The lessons were being sponsored by the Kanshinetsu Music Association.

The organizers refused to comment further.

A website for the Kusatsu Summer Music Festival said Behrens’ performances had been canceled, but gave no further details. It said she was to perform on Aug 20.

Behrens was among the finest actors on the opera stage during a professional career that spanned more than three decades. She made her professional stage debut in Freiburg as the Countess in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” in 1971 and made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Giorgetta in Puccini’s “Il Tabarro” in 1976.

One of her breakthrough roles came the following year, when she sang the title role in Strauss’ “Salome” at the Salzburg Festival in Austria.

She sang 171 performances at the Met, where she appeared until 1999. Her breakthrough there was as Leonore in Beethoven’s “Fidelio” under conductor Karl Boehm in 1980, and she was most acclaimed in the late 1980s and early 1990s for her portrayal of Bruennhilde in the Otto Schenk production of the Ring Cycle, the Met’s first televised staging of Wagner’s tetralogy.

“She is the finest Bruennhilde of the post-Birgit Nilsson era,” Associated Press critic Mike Silverman wrote in 1989. “Though she lacks the overpowering vocal resources of a great Wagnerian soprano, she makes up for that with dramatic intensity as she changes before our eyes from a frisky young Valkyrie to a passionate and then betrayed lover, and finally to a compassionate woman whose sacrifice returns the ring to its rightful owners, the Rhinemaidens.”

A dramatic soprano, her Met career include Elettra in Mozart’s “Idomeneo,” Isolde in Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” Senta in “Die Fliegende Hollander,” Donna Anna in Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Santuzza in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana,” the title roles in Strauss’ “Elektra” and `Salome,” and Puccini’s “Tosca,” and Marie in Berg’s “Wozzeck.”

She recorded Isolde in Munich in 1981 with conductor Leonard Bernstein and received praise for her Bruennhilde with conductor Georg Solti at the Bayreuth Festival in 1983. Her “Tosca” at the Met, opposite Placido Domingo’s Cavaradossi, is preserved on video along with her Met Ring Cycle.

She was injured during the final scene of Wagner’s “Goetterdaemmerung” at the Met on April 28, 1990, when Valhalla collapsed prematurely and an overhead of foam rubber landed on her. Behrens walked off the stage under her own power and was taken to Roosevelt Hospital.

She missed subsequent performances because of the injury, and later sued the Met, according to a 1995 article in The New York Law Journal.

According to Behren’s official website, she was born in the north German town of Varel-Oldenburg. Her parents were both doctors and she and her five siblings studied piano and violin as children. It said she earned a law degree from the University of Freiburg, where she was also a member of the student choir.

She received Germany’s Bundesverdienstkreuz (Order of the Merit Cross), Bavaria’s Bayerischer Verdienstorden and was honored by both the Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Vienna State Opera.



                                     


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« Reply #41 on: September 13, 2009, 02:15:42 PM »

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"M*A*S*H" TV show writer Larry Gelbart dead at 81

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Writer Larry Gelbart, who developed the hit television show "M*A*S*H" that uncovered a rich wellspring of comedy and pathos in war, died of cancer on Friday at age 81.

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RIP Mr. Gelbart.
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« Reply #42 on: September 13, 2009, 10:05:51 PM »

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Australian explorer Mike Leyland dies age 68

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Mike Leyland, one half of iconic Australian exploration team The Leyland Brothers, has passed away aged 68.

The Leyland brothers rose to fame as pioneering Australian explorers and documentary film-makers, and were best known for their popular Channel Nine television show, Ask the Leyland Brothers.

Ask the Leyland Brothers ran on Australian television from 1976 until 1984.

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Always remember watching The Leyland Brothers on TV every Saturday night as a kid.

Sad News.
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« Reply #43 on: September 14, 2009, 04:30:49 PM »

Just heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mew-patrick-swayze15-2009sep15,1,927951.story

R.I.P.
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« Reply #44 on: September 14, 2009, 05:05:16 PM »


Always remember watching The Leyland Brothers on TV every Saturday night as a kid.

Same here.

R.I.P. Mike, Patrick and Larry
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« Reply #45 on: September 14, 2009, 07:07:31 PM »

Just heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mew-patrick-swayze15-2009sep15,1,927951.story

R.I.P.

Unfortunately this news isn't surprising but it's still sad to hear nonetheless. He fought it longer then most ever could and I hope in this last year he was able to live life to the fullest and spend as much time with loved ones as he could.
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« Reply #46 on: September 14, 2009, 10:07:12 PM »



So sad news heard on the radio last night ...

R.I.P Patrick
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« Reply #47 on: September 14, 2009, 11:13:45 PM »



Always remember watching The Leyland Brothers on TV every Saturday night


This is sad news.  I loved their programs.  I remember sending in a request about Emus but they didn't use it.  They made each program so interesting.
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« Reply #48 on: September 14, 2009, 11:24:21 PM »

R.I.P.  Patrick.    Far too young.

I often watch Dirty Dancing as I loved his amazing dancing, Ghost too.
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« Reply #49 on: September 15, 2009, 12:30:50 AM »

TV Chef Krith Floyd has died.   He has been suffering from cancer but died from a heart attack,
I rmember his show and how he cooked with wine.  He was quite a high profile guy.  Last night on channel 4 TV there was a program about him  Keith meets Keith


Link. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1213559/BREAKING-NEWS-Keith-Floyd-dies-heart-attack-aged-65.html
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« Reply #50 on: September 15, 2009, 05:08:56 AM »

Just heard the sad news that Patrick Swayze has succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 57.

http://www.latimes.com/news/la-mew-patrick-swayze15-2009sep15,1,927951.story

R.I.P.

Hard to believe it...Rest in peace, Patrick :'(
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« Reply #51 on: September 15, 2009, 03:21:21 PM »

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« Reply #52 on: September 15, 2009, 05:19:19 PM »

Here's a link to the Patrick Swayze obit in the New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/15/movies/15swayze.html
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« Reply #53 on: September 16, 2009, 12:08:57 PM »

I watched that interview Lin.. then woke up next morning to the sad news..

Still... looks like he went out on a good un.  One last slap up meal, a coupla bottles of wine and a dozen smokes... O0
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« Reply #54 on: September 16, 2009, 06:28:00 PM »

http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/TV/09/16/obit.henry.gibson/index.html

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Actor Henry Gibson dead at 73, spokesman says

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN)  -- Actor Henry Gibson, who played roles ranging from loopy poets to vengeful Illinois Nazis and cranky judges during a 40-year film and television career, has died at age 73, his representatives said Wednesday.



Gibson was a regular on "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In," where he was known for popping up to read short, humorous poems during the show's 1968-71 run.

He was a frequent guest star on television shows from the 1970s through the mid-2000s, with a recurring role as a judge on ABC's "Boston Legal" as late as 2008.

His movie roles included turns in two of director Robert Altman's 1970s films, "Nashville" and "The Long Goodbye," and as the neo-Nazi leader pursuing John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd in "The Blues Brothers."

No details of his death were immediately available, said Peter Gross, a spokesman Talentworks LA, which represented Gibson.
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« Reply #55 on: September 16, 2009, 07:48:00 PM »

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dead at 72



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« Reply #56 on: September 17, 2009, 12:52:32 AM »

Mary Travers was one of my favourites as she had a great voice and looked hippy-like as I used to.  RIP Mary.


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« Reply #57 on: September 17, 2009, 12:52:52 AM »

I well remember Henry Gibson in 'Laugh In' and thought it one of the funniest USA shows we got on Aussie tv.   He always made me laugh.  RIP Henry.
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« Reply #58 on: September 17, 2009, 04:15:23 AM »

   " Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”    I listened this song repeatedly.  R.I.P Mary .   Also R.I.P Henry .   :(

   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/arts/music/17travers.html?hp
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« Reply #59 on: September 17, 2009, 04:35:26 AM »

My mother and father played a lot of Peter, Paul and Mary while I was growing up.
Rest in peace Mary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1eIXIRfu1s
Give this beautiful song a listening to.
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