Italian opera singer Magda Olivero has died, aged 104. The soprano passed away on Monday (08Sep14) at a hospital in Milan, Italy. She had suffered a stroke in August (14).
Olivero enjoyed success in Europe and the U.S. during her 70-year career and continued performing in public until the age of 99.
She enjoyed roles in operas such as Tosca, Fedora, Madame Butterfly and Luigi Cherubini's adaptation of Medea.
Officials at La Scala opera house in Milan held a moment of silence before a performance on Monday in memory of the singer.
Prince Charles' wife took charge of the terrier, named Beth, on Monday (22Aug11), according to Clarence House.
A spokesperson for Battersea says, "Beth is a charming, confident little puppy and we know she will be very happy in her new home."
Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports Camilla had to pay a fee and undergo a vetting procedure before she could take her new pet home to join her other Jack Russells, Tosca and Rosie.
S10E24: Idol treated us to a few tunes from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night and it’s clear that voting is becoming a really difficult thing to do. Who NEEDS to go home? Usually, it takes me until we get to the top five or maybe top six before I start having trouble deciding who should go home, but the issue this season is that we’ve got a group of crazy talented singers and they’re all so drastically different. How are we supposed to pick a favorite when each and every one of them is operating on such unique levels? It’s a difficult task to be sure.
Another part of the difficulty this year is that hearing Jennifer, Steven and even Randy go all stage-mom like the weirdest parenting trio ever can cloud our collective judgment a bit. These contestants are not their children, but the judges lack teeth and that makes it hard when you want to form strong and even harsh opinions. Yes, these folks are all talented, but are they all interesting? Do they all deserve record contracts? No.
Here are the top nine in order of the ones I can’t live without to the ones whose times have come.
“Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
If you don’t like Paul’s style, I’m sure you won’t agree with this choice, but Paul rocked it. He suffered from performing songs that he loved, but that weren’t right for his unique sound. Last night he picked up the Johnny Cash classic and ran with it. Before, he’s had trouble meshing his Indie/Folk style with the pageantry of the Idol stage, but this time he took over instead of letting the Idolness of it all overtake him.
“Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin
Oh my goodness, this was fantastic. She took her “Bennie and the Jets” performance from last week and kicked it up a notch. Not to knock the other lady contestants, but there is a difference between having serious pipes and having a voice that you can play with as flawlessly as Haley does. She rocks, plain and simple.
“Have You Ever Seen The Rain” by Credence Clearwater Revival
Now that he’s got those growly wiggles out (and whatever possessed him to slather his hair in grease and slick it back), Casey is back. He returned to that guy who could sing sweet and low and bring the growl to punctuate a performance AND he brought back the upright bass. He brought back the jazzy quality, and with a CCR song no less!
“That’s Alright Mama” by Elvis Presley
Finally, Scotty did something interesting with that crazy timbre of his. That’s been my problem this whole time. He’s done the same damn thing over and over, and here he showed us that a voice like that can do something different. My only complaint here is that I wish he would learn a better way to move on stage – he looked like he was performing as one quarter of 98 Degrees or something. Side note: Randy and Jennifer need to stop saying “___ is in it to win it.” They’re all here to win. No one's there to have their face later recognized for losing that singing contest that one year.
“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
I’m not usually a fan of Jacob’s – as I usually note, this is not for lack of talent, he’s just not my style – but I loved this performance. It was a little messy, he moved around the stage, he started singing with the other folks on stage, but it was honest. It was a true performance and that’s what you need at this point in the competition. It’s not enough to hit the right notes; you have to be fun to watch or it’s all over.
“Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
I still love Lauren and I love that she can take on an Aretha song and not miss a beat (or a note for that matter). My issue here was that she pulled a Pia. When Lauren first got into the competition she knew how to work the stage – and I’m not just talking running around – she knew how to really own the whole stage. This time, she seemed a little stifled up there, but like I said, the girl can sing.
“When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge
Stefano’s really reaching the end of his rope here. Jennifer clearly has a Paula-style crush on him, but that doesn’t mean he’s good enough to stay on the show. He’s a perfectly nice singer, but to be frank, he’s perfectly boring.
“River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner
Didn’t she promise that she’d be moving around this time? Yeah, she broke out of her ballad box, but she sang this song like a pageant queen. She promenaded around stage when musical breaks allowed her to stop singing for a second, but it was boring. She still just stood still and attempted to move us. I was not moved. She doesn’t need to run around, but if you look back at Tina Turner’s performances, that woman does not just stand there. If Pia doesn’t figure out how to add something interesting to that voice, I’ll be happy to see her move on.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by The Beatles
I’m so over this kid. This week, he stopped jumping around on stage and sang this classic, but slow moving song and it was boring (just him -- the song is lovely). He of course saved his signature scream for the end. Boy, am I tired of having to hear that. The sad part is that his voice outside of that scream isn’t anything to praise either. He’s alright. He’s capable. The bottom line is that no manner of dangly cross earrings, flock of seagull haircuts, and Steven Tyler scarves hanging from his back pocket can make him strong enough to belong in the top set of contestants.
The Edward Scissorhands beauty has been linked to a number of famous hunks over the years and was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s.
And Ryder admits she is reluctant to become involved with anyone who isn't part of Hollywood after a chance encounter with a fan left her "mistrustful" of men and their motives.
She tells Elle magazine, "I remember being at this bar called Tosca in San Francisco, and I met this guy one night. He was really cute, and we were talking, and then, like, he just said something about how he had always had a crush on me. And I was suddenly mistrustful about why he was talking to me. I wanted to be just a normal girl flirting with a normal guy.
"It's like you meet people, and they know this stuff about you. It's why you want to meet somebody who's in the same business, only because they understand more. But you don't necessarily want to be with another actor."
Michael Jackson has (finally) solidified his plans for the upcoming American Music Awards and Grammy ceremonies. Jacko's not even appearing at Wednesday night's AMA awards; he's simply sending in a prerecorded performance of his tune "Man in the Mirror." What Jacko's doing for February's Grammy Awards is still up in the air, but this is an obvious ploy in hope that he'll still be invited to perform.
If you're familiar with director Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven, you'll see some familiar faces in his upcoming film Full Frontal. Ocean's star Julia Roberts will star in the Miramax-made movie, as will Jerry Weintraub, who served as producer on the casino-heist film, according to Variety.
Viewers who tuned in to Carson Daly's new NBC late-night talk show on Monday night were probably disappointed: the MTV star's show, Last Call, did not debut. According to PageSix.com, Daly had not yet signed a contract with NBC.
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, busted on Jan. 2 for resisting arrest following an argument at a Tampa nightclub, phoned MTV on Tuesday, claiming he was "in the wrong place at the wrong time" and stressing his innocence.
The National Board of Review revealed their list of winners for 2001 on Monday night. Monster's Ball's Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton won for best actress and best actor, respectively. Steven Spielberg was honored with the Billy Wilder Excellence in Direction Award.
In other Monster's Ball news, the film's director, Marc Forster, will next helm a film about the creator of Peter Pan, James Barrie. Titled Never Land, the film is based on the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan, written by Allan Knee.
At February 3rd's Super Bowl, Mary J. Blige and Marc Anthony will kick off the festivities by singing America the Beautiful, accompanied by the Boston Pops and a group of firefighters, policemen and military personnel. The NFL made the announcement on Tuesday, adding that Mariah Carey and U2 are still slated for halftime performances.
It may seem unthinkable, but Disney will be releasing several sequels to animated classics in 2002. First will be Cinderella II in February, followed by Peter Pan II in March and Dumbo II and The Jungle Book II coming out later in the year. All of the sequels will be animated in the "classic" Disney style, according to the BBC.
Late singer Aaliyah is on course to snag the number-one spot on the British charts with her single "More Than a Woman." It currently leads the way among singles, as of Wednesday, Reuters reports.
First the drummer goes, now the lead singer. Chris Robinson left the rock group The Black Crowes--after 15 years with the band--in December, Launch.com reports. The group's spokesman said on Tuesday that the band was "taking a hiatus" and that Robinson is pursuing a solo career.
Universal Studios told Variety on Tuesday that 2.9 million of the available 3.4 million copies of The Fast and the Furious DVD have already been sold--just since Jan. 2!
On Tuesday, members of the Screen Actors Guild reinforced the results of its recent election for president of the group, which some members have called into question. A reelection will be held from March 15 to April 10, to determine the result of the dispute, but actress Melissa Gilbert (Little House on the Prarie) is expected to retain her current role as president, according to Variety.
On Friday, Muhammad Ali will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jan. 17 will also be named "Muhammad Ali Day" in Hollywood, said Hollywood Mayor James K. Hahn.
For the first time in seven years, opera legend Luciano Pavarotti will perform at London's Royal Opera House on Friday, starring in a performance of Tosca.
On March 3, producer Robert Wise (The Sound of Music, West Side Story) will receive the Producers Guild of America's Milestone Award. Previous winners include Steven Spielberg, Bob Hope and Alfred Hitchcock.
A live performance of Puccini's opera telecast live from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. Set in Rome during the Napoleonic era, the story deals with the love affair of great opera singer, Floria Tosca, and Mario Cavardossi, a revolutionary engaged in a struggle against the brutal chief of police, Baron Scarpia.