Daily Archives: September 4, 2022

LA TRAVIATA – La Scala 1914 (Complete Opera Verdi)

Jun 29, 2017

Toscanini’s assistant Carlo SABAJNO conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of La Scala. This is the first complete recording of La Traviata, produced in Milano 1914 for the Gramophone Company (HMV): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margher…

Margherita BEVIGNANI (1887 – 1921) – Violetta Valery Franco TUMMINELLO (1880 – ?) – Alfredo Germont Ernesto BADINI (1876 – 1937) – Giorgio Germont

Act 1 (03:41)

A lavish Paris apartment. Violetta – the consumptive heroine with a dodgy past – gives a night party (Libiamo ne’ lieti calici, 08:22) at which Alfredo declares his love for her (Un dì, felice, eterea, 13:48). As everyone leaves, Violetta wonders if this really can be true love (Ah, fors’è lui, 20:10) but then in ‘Sempre libera’ (25:13) she will just enjoy life…

Act 2 (28:39)

Violetta’s country house outside Paris. Three months later, Alfredo and Violetta are living together (Alfredo: De’ miei bollenti spiriti, 30:17). Alfredo’s father demands that she break off her relationship with his son for the sake of his family, since he reveals that Violetta’s relationship with Alfredo has threatened his daughter’s engagement (Pura siccome un angelo, 35:40) because of Violetta’s reputation. With growing remorse, she finally agrees (Dite alla giovine sì bella e pura, 42:16). As she is writing a farewell letter to Alfredo, he enters. She can barely control her sadness and tears (Amami, Alfredo, 53:09). Giorgio returns and attempts to comfort his son (Di Provenza il mar, 55:29), but Alfredo rushes out…

Party at Flora’s salon (57:57). Flora calls for the entertainers to perform for the guests (Chorus: Noi siamo zingarelle, 59:02; Di Madride noi siam mattadori, 1:01:38). Violetta arrives with Baron Douphol. As everyone is leaving the room, Violetta has asked Alfredo to see her. Alfredo misunderstands her apprehension and demands that she admit that she loves the Baron. In grief, she makes that admission and, furiously, Alfredo calls the guests (Questa donna conoscete?, 1:10:21). She faints onto the floor. Giorgio enters the hall, Violetta turns to Alfredo (Alfredo, Alfredo… 1:14:30).

Act 3 (1:18:22)

Violetta’s bedroom. Violetta will not live long since her tuberculosis has worsened. Alone in her room, she reads a letter from Alfredo’s father (Teneste la promessa, 1:25:06), but she senses it is too late (Addio, del passato, 1:25:56). The lovers are reunited and Alfredo suggests that they leave Paris (Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo, 1:31:49). She knows her time is up (Gran Dio!…morir sì giovane, 1:37:28). A moment later, she dies in Alfredo’s arms.

Opening cinematographic trailer: Pina Menichelli in “Tigre Reale”, 1916

03:41 and 20:10 Images of a Paris apartment untouched for 70 years: Madame Marthe de Florian (1864 – 1939) was a French demimondaine during the Belle Époque. She was known for having famous lovers including Georges Clemenceau (before he became the 72nd Prime Minister of France), Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau (the 68th Prime Minister of France), Paul Deschanel (11th President of France), Gaston Doumergue (13th President of France), and the Italian artist Giovanni Boldini. Her story resurfaced when in 2010 her belongings were discovered in her Parisian apartment, located at 2 square La Bruyère (in the 9th arrondissement), untouched for decades, like in a time capsule… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marthe_…

John Bolton discusses newly unsealed Mar-a-Lago inventory and Pat Cipollone’s grand jury testimony

CBS News – Sep 2, 2022

John Bolton, national security advisor under former President Donald Trump, spoke to CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge on Friday about the Mar-a-Lago search and former White House counsel Pat Cipollone’s testimony before a grand jury in the Justice Department’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Raskin wants Gingrich, Ginni Thomas and Pence to testify to Jan. 6 committee

Face the Nation – Sep 4, 2022

Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland says Newt Gingrich, Ginni Thomas and Mike Pence have relevant testimony and should appear before the Jan. 6 committee.

Reporter reveals what Republicans are saying privately about Trump home search

CNN – Sep 4, 2022

CNN reporter Gabby Orr discusses the FBI search of Trump’s home for classified documents and the impact it could have on the 2024 presidential election

GOP Escalates Violent Rhetoric As Investigation Into Trump Advances

MSNBC – Sep 4, 2022

Following Donald Trump’s first rally since the Mar-a-Lago search, Rep. David Cicilline, Ruth Ben-Ghat, Miles Taylor and Jonathan Capehart discuss the escalating violent rhetoric of Donald Trump and MAGA Republicans.

Vanishing glaciers threaten Europe’s watering supply, says study – BBC News

BBC News – Sep 4, 2022

Switzerland’s glaciers have lost more than half their volume in less than a hundred years, and the long hot summer this year has accelerated the thaw, a new study shows.

The glaciers support ski resorts and attract climbers and hikers in summer but are also essential to Europe’s water supply.

Now, communities across the Alps are worrying about their future.

Amazon records worst month in August for fires in over a decade according to Brazil Space Agency

Sep 4. 2022

The month of August has been Brazil’s worst for fires in more than a decade. The South American rainforest is considered a buffer against global warming. As well as the destruction from flames, Greenpeace Brazil also detected a record amount of deforestation.

How did life on Earth begin?

Sep 4, 2022

It’s one of the most profound questions of all–how did life on Earth begin?

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Georgia Tech biochemist Nicholas Hud and a team at the Center for Chemical Evolution (CCE) are working to chip away at the question. They are homing in on how chain-like chemicals called polymers first came together and evolved 3.5 to 4 billion years ago.

Hud says the researchers are working on the premise that the molecules that gave rise to the first polymers of life, such as RNA and DNA, started when small molecules began interacting with each other and forming ordered structures. In other words, they assembled themselves.

So far, none of the labs working on chemical evolution has been able to coax actual RNA to self-assemble from the set of molecules that make up RNA in present day life. But, Hud and his team have identified a couple of molecules that make a structure that almost looks like RNA.

The CCE is co-funded by the NASA Astrobiology program and the NSF Centers for Chemical Innovation (CCI) program. The NSF-funded centers are focused on major, long-term fundamental chemical research challenges. CCIs are producing transformative research that is leading to innovation and attracting broad scientific and public interest.

The research in this episode was supported by NSF award #1004570, CCI: Center for Chemical Evolution.

Grant URL: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAw…

Miles O’Brien, Science Nation Correspondent Kate Tobin, Science Nation Producer