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Rostropovich discharged from Hospital

Posted at 10:18 AM on March 7, 2007 by John Zech
Filed under: The blog

The great Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, went into the hospital in Moscow last month under rather hush-hush circumstances. The C word was being used a lot in speculations about his health, but people are keeping mum.

The good news is (maybe) that he was discharged from the hospital yesterday and "feels well" according to his press secretary.

The story was filed on the A-P this past hour.

An Embarrassing Moment at the Opera

Posted at 4:09 PM on March 7, 2007 by Rex Levang

So a few weeks ago, I was at the Minnesota Opera's world premiere production of "The Grapes of Wrath." "That's interesting," I noted, looking at the program. "One of their singers has the same name as a well-known singer."

And then--this is the embarrassing moment--I realized that not only was she named Rosalind Elias, she was the Rosalind Elias.

(If you're not familiar with Rosalind Elias, she is a very distinguished American mezzo who, among other things, appeared in the world premiere production of Samuel Barber's Vanessa. And if you are familiar with her, from a decades-long career, you'll probably be cheered to know that she keeps up a lively schedule of performances: she's still singing in "Vanessa," though now in the role of the Old Baroness, not the young Erika--and later this season, she'll be in another world premiere: "Anna Karenina," by David Carlson, which debuts at Florida Grand Opera. She plays one of those wise, earthy Tolstoyan peasants--a role in which she'll no doubt be applauded just as warmly as she was at the Ordway in February.)