The Classic Road Trip
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Legendary Italian conductor Toscanini was once the music director at both Teatro alla Scala and The Metropolitan Opera. His stellar career made its first big step at age 19 when he was asked to fill in at the last minute for a performance in Rio de Janeiro. He ended up conducting Verdi's Aida entirely from memory.
Molière was a great French writer, actor... and apparently an opera critic too.
Leonard Bernstein wasn't just a great composer, but he was a great pianist, conductor and educator too. The composer Stravinsky referred to him as "a department store of music".
Benjamin Britten died on this day in 1976. He's best known for dark and dramatic operas like Peter Grimes and Billy Budd. He also composed lots of song cycles and orchestral works, on top of being an outstanding pianist and conductor.
Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer (1954-2009) was a reluctant child prodigy. Ex-Prime Minister Paul Keating said he deserved to be remembered alongside the Australian "triumvirate" of Nellie Melba, Percy Grainger and Joan Sutherland. Yet, he struggled to become a household name.
We are at the @cityrecitalhall with the Sydney Flash Mob Choir to share the joy of singing, just as Richard Gill would have wanted.
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