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Great Performances of Le Nozze di Figaro

NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2014  Mozart's elegant masterpiece of marital discord, Le Nozze di Figaro, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine and staged by Richard Eyre, is the season premiere of Great Performances at the MetFriday, January 16 at 9 p.m. on PBS. Eyre's staging of the opera, in which the romantic bonds of two couples are tested over the course of one eventful day, is set in a stately manor in 1930s Seville. Ildar Abdrazakov, star of Prince Igor (also seen on Great Performances at the Met) and an acclaimed Figaro at the Met in the past, sings the title role. The cast also includes Marlis Petersen as Figaro's quick-witted bride-to-be, Susanna; Peter Mattei in one of his most acclaimed roles as Count Almaviva; Amanda Majeski in her Met debut as Almaviva's wife, the long-suffering Countess; and Isabel Leonard as the boisterous page Cherubino. Eyre's Met credits include the 2009 hit production of Carmen and last season's Werther, both broadcast on Gre…

Mars Water Reservoir

HOUSTON, Dec. 18, 2014  -- NASA and an international team of planetary scientists have found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question of where the "missing Martian water" may have gone. Scientists continue to study the planet's historical record, trying to understand the apparent shift from an early wet and warm climate to today's dry and cool surface conditions. The reservoir's existence also may be a key to understanding climate history and the potential for life on Mars. The team's findings are reported in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters. "There have been hints of a third planetary water reservoir in previous studies of Martian meteorites, but our new data require the existence of a water or ice reservoir that also…

The Most Downloaded Medical App in America

GREENVILLE, S.C.Dec. 14, 2014  -- ChartSpan, a consumer platform for patients managing healthcare records, has become the most downloaded iPhone and iPad medical app in the United States. ChartSpan is an iPhone and iPad app empowering consumers with the ability to request, manage and send electronic healthcare records. The product was built by a group of innovative entrepreneurs who grew tired of waiting for the healthcare system to deliver on the promise of universal access to electronic patient healthcare records. Less  than two months after it's initial product release ChartSpan has climbed to the number #1 ranking in the medical category on iTunes. ChartSpan is also beating industry conversion averages for downloads-to-active-users by nearly 500%. ChartSpan is a FREE, encrypted and secure patient platform.  Patients user ChartSpan to organize their entire family's healthcare records from their smartphone or tablet. ChartSpan is the only consumer healthcare rec…

"Little Sparrow"

"The art isan outburstof the soul, the translationof the sufferingorthe care of aserioussocial malaise?
Likely! I've never metan artistlackingsensitivityand I've neverseensensitivitywithout pain, withoutinner struggle.
If you thinkthat everythingisdue andthat some people areprivilegedwhywitha gift of nature, remember thelittlesparrow, remember the"voixduparadis" rememberthesublimeEdithPiaf.


Edith Piaf by name of  Edith Giovanna Gassion born December 19, 1915, Paris, France
died October 10, 1963, Plascassier, near Grasse

French singer and actress whose interpretation of the chanson, or French ballad, made her internationally famous. Among her trademark songs were Non, je ne regrette rien (“No, I Don't Regret Anything”) and La Vie en rose (literally “Life in Pink” [i.e., through “rose-coloured glasses,” from an optimistic point of view]). Piaf's songs and singing style seemed to reflect the tragedies of her own difficult life. Her mother, a cafĂ© singe…

Frida Kahlo

By F Guzzardi
When analyzingthe profilesof famous peoplewith disabilities,tends to emphasizethe aspect of "heroic" characterandthe dark sideand difficult.In the case ofMexican painterFridaKahlo, disability has beendisguisedby its ability tosublimatethe paininpersonalworks of artthatare appreciatedregardless of itsextraordinarybiography.
His lifewasintense andcruel. characterized bystrong emotionsandtormentsthatprocureddepression.Buthis art isatestimonyofthe success achievedthatsaves itfrom beingconsideredto be a"victim"thata'' iconwith disabilities ", in spite of apatriarchal culture, ofan unfaithful husbandand ahorribleaccidentthat could have beennourishthe mythof "tragic heroine".

She was a womanwith a disability whofrom the outsetfaced herplightopposingDoom,able to transformthe immobilityopportunitiesinartistic andsubsequentlytotransform sufferinginto art.The paindepicted inhis paintingsis nevertragic, if anything bold andvivid: Fridadrawst…