Saturday, January 23, 2010

It's possible, Seattle!

More then two decades at the helm of Seattle Opera, Speight Jenkins has proven himself to be the unquestionable God Father of Opera in America and one of the greatest arts administrators, and impresarios, of the last hundred years. Having discovered and mentored a majority of the worlds leading interpreters of every operatic genre, Speight continues to present the world with breath taking productions and visionary casts.

From the facebook site "Speight Jenkins, the Godfather of Opera.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'sa no easy gettin' a horses head inna violin case.

....Spate Corleone

12:30 PM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

Hey... I forgot to close the quote at the end of this post, so please add this repair kit (") just before the period.
I thank you in advance for your co-operation in this matter, here at FFTL proper punctuation is our most important product?

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, but can he do this?

.....Woody Allen

12:39 PM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Over the years, you and
Anonomann have sung the praises
of Msr. Jenkins. So, I guess,
yes, it is possible for a
bohunk pretentious town like
Seattle to put some quality
opera out there into the
creative ozone. Someday, I
will have to have a sitdown
with you and find out the
lowdown on the operatic splendor,
the reason to expand one's limited
horizons, and include another
expense on one's meager budget.
I am told that modern opera is
much better "acted" than opera
of old, and more fun to watch
as pure theater, not just come
and close the eyes and listen
to the great singing voices.
This will be a prominent week
for me, the beginning of the
big change, the downward slide
toward my permenant exit.
I came in Saturday and spent
several hours removing all
vestiges of my personal touch
to the space that has been mine
for umpteen years. Pulled two
large boxes of belonging out,
and tossed into the shredder
about 50 pounds of paper; stuff
I will have no use for in the
future of a retired person.
Then feeling stressed and
drained I went home and started
watching a FIREFLY marathon
of my own making. I watched
all 14 episodes of the brilliant
and poorly handled sci-fi series.
A couple of years ago there
was enough fan base fervor over
the cancellation of the series,
that Joss Wheadon was able to
bring out the feature film
SERENITY. 3 of the episodes on
the DVD's were never aired.
This Thursday, they will switch
my computer and phone to that
lowly lonely desk in the corner
of the multipurpose room, with
three roommates. For a time,
I will continue to come in
early and do my thing, but
it will be a bit of an improv
to see how it all goes.


5:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That would be "permanent",
Moose breath. Din't youse ever get no propr schoolin'?


6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Basically my wife was immature. I'd be home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats.

.............Woody Allen

6:04 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Hey Lane, click your way on over to Janni'e blog in Funsterville
this morning. She has hand-picked
FFTL as a big part of her list for THE SCARY CLOWN AWARD. She feels that your humor is "whacky", but she loves it. Congrats on your award, big guy.

6:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard rumors that working for a godfather type even when producing great stuff can be a less than ideal experience.

.....Juan Hu Nose

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am two with nature.

..........Woody Allen

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Der seams tubee lotz of inyerendoes
bout good fellas and stuff goin on hear. All of youse needs ta cool yer jetz, cuz sum of dese dudes donnt dig it two much when youse start makin fun of dem.

......Vincenze Corleone

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It has been way too long since any real gay humor appeared on this site. What do you call a gay bar without chairs? .....a fruit stand.

..........George Micheals

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't move you mother stickers, this is a hump up.

.........Yosemite Sam

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wen I cum herre to read bout zany tings, I'ze gets my funny bone twanging like da harpy. Lane alweighs crackers me up. bunny

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the hell do you get so many folks to make comments on your rather petite postings?

..........Edgar Poo

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Because he is becoming an elder statesman, and national treasure. His dark humor ranges from Mark Twain to Garrison Keillor-like to Captain Beefheart and PDQ Bach. He used to like Woody Allen movies, and then he outgrew them. As a satirist, Lane Savant is up there in rarified air, like Andy Rooney without the busy eyebrows.

...........Eddie Emerald

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And by the way, he and this blog site are recipients of
THE SCARY CLOWN award, and
they don't just hand those
out to nobodys, enit?

.......Big Mama

10:28 AM  
Blogger Glenn Buttkus said...

Melva was not feeling good
this morning, so I stayed home
for a few extra hours. I think
she will be fine; hard to tell
what freaked her. She might
be getting the flu, or be
having an anxiety attack;
though that is not her style.
Coming in late to the office
was freaky. Having to steal
little moments from the US
Government in order to post
a few thoughts. I am adjusting
just a tad more to the idea
that I will move out of my
office, and personal space
before the end of the week.
It might be somewhat liberating.
I did not think I would have
any emotional investment in
the job, but it appears like
the old fire dog, I still want
to ride in the red truck when
I hear the bells go off.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Glenn!
If you really want to know how great Seattle Opera is (thanks in no small part to Speight Jenkins) come to one of the performances of Verdi's "Falstaff" opening at the end of February @ the Mc Caw. Since you have a great sense of humor, you'd enjoy the humor in this work, especially in the staging by Peter K., who also has a great sense of humor!!

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, all you readers of this great blogsite!!
Speight Jenkins is not the only recent fabulous Intendant (=General Director/Manager) in the Opera World!! There was also Joseph Volpe, who was General Director of the Metropolitan Opera for 15 years in the 1990s and early 21st century. Volpe was a trained auto mechanic, who had his own repair shop before his then father-in-law got him into the Stage Hands union, where he became the Met's Master Carpenter (he also renovates houses he has come to own and rent/sell, and from this position (Master Carpenter), he became Direvtor of Production, from which he rose to General Director. Does this sound similar to the early career path of someone else we know?? That someone else should not buy a copy of Volpe's autobiography, cause he'll get it as a birthday present later this year.

2:52 PM  

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