Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

The Fifth Element – The Diva Dance Opera (with lyrics and translation)



The Diva opera performance featured music from Gaetano Donizetti‘s Lucia di Lammermoor “Il dolce suono“, the mad scene of Act III, Scene I and it was voiced by the Albanian soprano Inva Mula-Tchako, while the role of Plavalaguna (the Diva) was played by the French actress Maïwenn Le Besco.

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Today’s Quotation: John F. Kennedy


All of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea—whether it is to sail or to watch it—we are going back from whence we came.

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Today’s Birthday: May 23, 2011


Today’s Birthday: Artie Shaw (1910)

Considered one of swing’s two great clarinetists—along with his rival, Benny Goodman—Shaw was a virtuoso at his instrument. He began playing professionally as a teen before becoming leader of one of the most popular big bands of the swing era. In 1935, he performed with a string quartet that he later expanded into a more conventional dance band. He led a US Navy band during World War II and various ensembles later on, retiring in 1954. How many times was Shaw married? More… Discuss

Today In History:Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)


Girolamo Savonarola Executed for Heresy (1498)

Savonarola was an Italian preacher and religious reformer. After the overthrow of the Medici family, he became the ruler of Florence, setting up a democratic but severely puritanical government. He was opposed by the allies of the Medici and by Pope Alexander VI, who attempted to restrain Savonarola’s unusual interpretations of scripture and his claim of prophecy. He was tried, convicted of heresy, and hanged. His government was known for its “bonfire of the vanities,” which was what? More… Discuss