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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Le Nozze di...Tutti

DOMA, Prop 8 annihilated by Supreme Court.
"You need to figure out if you are living in a comedy or a tragedy. A tragedy means you die at the end. In a comedy, you get married." --Dr. Jules Hilbert, Stranger Than Fiction
Wotan (John Tomlinson, right) finds himself celebrating equality in the Magic Fire Scene
from Act III of Die Walküre. Original image © 1988 Bayreuth Festspiele, photoshop by the author.
Here at Superconductor, it is a happy day.

This post is to spread the good word: the Supreme Court has struck down the repellend Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 decision. The majority opinion was delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy with dissent from Justices Roberts, Scalia and Alito. 

Forty-five minutes later, the SCOTUS ruled against Proposition 8, stating that the California statute had "no standing." 

Like I said, it's been a good day.


Opera and classical music, like any other industry in our great country, has a wide diversity of people working on stage and behind the scenes. To all of my friends, fellow journalists, artists I've covered, and musicians whose lives were affected by these discriminatory pieces of legislation, please accept my heartfelt "Bravos," "Bravas" and "Bravi Tutti's." 

To celebrate, here is the wedding scene from Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia."


Much love to all on this happy day.
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Since 2007, Superconductor has grown from an occasional concert or CD review to a near-daily publication covering classical music, opera and the arts in and around NYC, with excursions to Boston, Philadelphia, and upstate NY. I am a freelance writer living and working in Brooklyn NY. And no, I'm not a conductor.