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August 24, 2012

A stay-cation interlude from the divine Leontyne Price

My thrilling stay-cation is rapidly drawing to a close. How does the time fly when you're not having all that much fun? One of life's mysteries.

Another mystery is the ravishing vocalism of Leontyne Price, which I share with you now -- one of my favorite arias, "Depuis le jour" from Charpentier's "Louise," sung with incredible beauty at a concert recorded live in 1968.

This audio clip is offered in lieu of a proper blog post, just to hold you over until I am fully back to work. So take a short little break from whatever taxing or mundane tasks you may be engaged in, and just let this ravishing performance wash over you.

If Leontyne's singing doesn't transport you to a higher, sweeter, warmer place, your money will be cheerfully refunded:

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

Think of this as your open-all-hours, cyber green room, where there's always a performer or performance to discuss, some news to digest, or maybe just a little good gossip to share.
Note: Tim Smith now writes about the fine arts at baltimoresun.com/artsmash. This blog will be kept in place as an archive for an indefinite period. Please visit the new location to get the latest Mid-Atlantic arts coverage.
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