Author Archives: Michael Kysar

Backstage with Bubbles and Lucia

My favorite experience with a Donizetti opera involves my wife, several of my dearest friends, and soprano Beverly Sills backstage at Seattle Opera. Sills acquired her nickname, “Bubbles”, when as a teenager, she sang in a television soap commercial. There are … Continue reading

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Bob Webb: My Mentor in the Family

Robert Paul Webb II was my sister’s husband, and he and their family spent several wonderful summers with us when I was a kid. He was a teacher and assistant principal in Oklahoma, and also a bit of an academic nerd, which I found … Continue reading

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Anna Bolena at Puget Sound Concert Opera

My favorite opera this week is “Anna Bolena” by Gaetano Donizetti. And my list of favorite singers this week begins with soprano Jennifer Bromagen, who sang the title role with Puget Sound Concert Opera on Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2015. … Continue reading

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Puppy Wrestling or Bullying?

All puppies wrestle. Baby elephants wrestle. Lion cubs wrestle. Young gorillas wrestle. It is a mammal thing; a biological imperative. People puppies must wrestle, too. says that this kind of play is where they learn the language of dominance and … Continue reading

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Go Ahead, Try Not to Do Something

To modify the direction of our lives, our executive mind sets goals. Then our more primitive and subconscious inner brain motivates us to achieve them. This inner brain is sometimes called the “lizard” brain because it is a brain structure also found in more primitive animals. It … Continue reading

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Madness or a Moment of Clarity?

In “The Marriage of Figaro”, the Count sends an adolescent page boy, Cherubino, off to military service because he is a horny little toad. The Count has caught him attempting to canoodle with every woman in the palace, including his wife, … Continue reading

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‘Nozze di Figaro’ is Alive and Well

This opera almost never disappoints. It isn’t that it is never performed by people who don’t know what they are doing, but it provides such a marvelous opportunity that it tends to draw some good performers, and in this Bellevue City … Continue reading

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