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Entries by Susanne Mentzer from 08/2011

Opera's Got Talent

| Posted 08.04.2011 | Arts

To America's Got Talent, I hope the producers will trust that it is enough to hear a person sing beautifully, to express a primal emotion with just the sound of their voice. Lose the silly packaging. Drop the stereotypes.

"Life Is Short, Opera Is Long"

| Posted 08.11.2011 | Arts

There is more to life than instant stardom and fame. If one does take the slower route it is perfectly okay and, better yet, enjoyable and satisfying.

Facing the Music

| Posted 08.21.2011 | Arts

Let's face it. With the stock markets yo-yoing and Congress behaving as it is, the arts are a pretty low priority in the short haul. Relying on government funding seems to be a losing proposition and has been for some time.

Like "Hava Nagila"

| Posted 08.31.2011 | Arts

I have been known to cut a rug to "Hava Nagila" at the right moment, but was this really what I needed to hear while waiting for a breast exam? I found it hard to sit still and focus on the task at hand so I found myself pacing. I had to step back and ask myself, why?