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Aria Code: Episodes | WNYC Studios | Podcasts
The magic of opera revealed, one aria at a time.
opera  podcast 
7 days ago by andyhuey
Dominique Pamplemousse and Dominique Pamplemousse in "Combinatorial Explosion!" by Squinky
A disorienting interactive musical romp with your favourite genderqueer private detective(s).
opera  musical  videogame  adventure  if 
18 days ago by gilberto5757
French Covert Action in the American Revolution
Beaumarchais, polymath, writer of the Figaro operas...

“If Benjamin Franklin’s covert operations are not well known to the American public, the secret role of the French in the birth of our nation has certainly been minimized and usually overlooked by historians. James Potts’s book successfully fills this gap. Moreover, proving that true spy stories are often more interesting than spy fiction, French Covert Action, exciting as it is well documented, makes a fascinating as well as valuable contribution to American colonial history. “

Drawing heavily on contemporaneous French government archives and other historical sources, Potts brings to life the colorful leading characters in the drama: France’s Foreign Minister (and secret spymaster) le Comte de Vergennes; Vergennes’s principal agent, the playwright Beaumarchais; Lord Stormont, King George’s ambassador in Paris; Benjamin Franklin, the wily American Commissioner in Paris; and numerous perpetrators of high intrigue on land and sea. The author also shows the highly-effective British counterespionage operations, whose American agents had penetrated Franklin’s mission in Paris, even intercepting his letters to the Continental Congress. In 1778 France joined the Americans openly in their war against the British and, at great cost to French fiscal well-being, further helped them win their independence.
France  French  polymath  opera 
25 days ago by fogfish
Some thank Zhou Enlai for saving China from Mao’s excesses - Chaguan
Those who served alongside Zhou viewed him with mixed emotions. Veterans of China’s civil war remembered how he coldly ordered the killing not just of traitors, but also of their extended families. After the founding of the People’s Republic, colleagues watched this loyal courtier pay a high price to stay by Mao’s side, betraying lifelong comrades when called upon to denounce them, and his own conscience when offering grovelling self-criticisms. Defenders argue that he did what he could, nudging Mao’s instincts in more constructive directions without confronting him.
jiangsu  leader  mao  opera  critic 
26 days ago by aries1988
The Met’s Herculean Task: 4 Operas in 48 Hours - The New York Times
With its new Sunday matinees, the Metropolitan Opera now mounts four productions between Friday and Sunday. It isn’t easy.
NYC  opera 
26 days ago by andyhuey
Testing for Opera Browser
"[S]ince Opera is built using Chromium open source project (The project behind Chrome browser), the behavior of Chrome and Opera should be very similar. Hence, there are fewer chances of having differ...
testing  automation  Selenium  browsers  Opera  Chrome  Chromium  compatibility  from notes
4 weeks ago by g1910
The American Scholar: New World Prophecy
Dvořák once predicted that American classical music would be rooted in the black vernacular. Why, then, has the field remained so white?
music  opera  blackness  race 
5 weeks ago by lundun

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