All We Really Need in Life: Baritones & Chocolate


Screen Shot 2014-08-22 at 11.23.58 PMBy now, regular Pink Flamingo readers are well aware that I’m a Baritone Junkie.  There is a reason for this.  Two words: Sherrill Milnes.  If you know and love opera the way I do, and love baritones the way I do, that’s all you need to know.

I’ve had a difficult evening, trying to finish a post and deal with family issues.  My father’s Alzheimer’s Disease is gradually getting worse.  My mother, who is his care-giver is stressed beyond imagination.

While I’m writing this, I’m listening to my baritones and delving into the chocolate.  It’s that kind of evening.  Thanks to Barihunks, I was reminded of what really counts in life:  Baritones!  It then dawned on me that the other important quantity was missing:  Chocolate.

Pietà, rispetto, amore from Verdi’s Macbeth

Until Milnes & Domingo recorded this sublime duet from The Pearl Fishers, it was rarely heard. Fortunately, today, the entire opera, once ‘rare’ is being performed. I like to think THIS is what started it.  It’s like this.  I was there, right there, at the Met, for this specific performance!

I love this one.  Then I think about not having Bubbles, and it makes me want to cry.

I’m feeling much better, now.

Chocolate, anyone?