Sat 24 Mar 2012
Well the car lost a hub cap in the springtime “hen’s nest” pot holes on the Quebec City streets, the son caught a cold and I lost a day of work watching over his fever, my work website that I kept for ten years is now gone for good, there was record hot temperatures all over North Am and here as well (20 degrees C in March!), the hot water hater leaked overnight and I was up until 2 in the morning salvaging old books from water damage, then the plumbers came in at 7 in the morning to emergency replace the tank this morning (that’s what I call “Fern hours”), Benjamin is pestering me every three minutes to go to Walmart so we can buy printer ink and he can look at the Transformers in the toy section… All in all, I guess it was a normal week here over at the asylum.
Let’s talk about something else now, something nice, i.e. Zhao Huan again. Here’s a nice half hour video program from 2010-07-26 with our favorite MC, Zhang Zhe, interviewing ma nouvelle favorite to ask about her influences (I can’t speak Mandarin yet, but she did mention “Zhang Huoding” twice in a row) and set up two opera excerpts. The first is from “The Empress scolds the Emperor” and the second one is from “Dream in a Girl’s Chamber.”
It’s a very nice and surprisingly small mp4 video, only 79 MB.
In the first clip, Zhao Huan wear a black nupi, the colour of righteousness, demonstrating impressive control between 5:30 and 6:00. It’s also clear she’s been studying the moves. At 8:28 with the camera position, she seems to stride three inches above ground. It’s good and important for this singer to do plays that have not been done over and over in the recent past.
In the second clip, the Girl’s Chamber now has a garden door and a really big terrace outside. As Billy Crystal would say, “this is the new indoors”.
I posted an excerpt from Zhang Huoding’s DVD of this opera (amazingly, this DVD has reduced in price to 11.95 !) , exactly the same scene, here and Zhao Huan admittedly does not give it anything close to the same level of intensity. But let’s be honest, when I attempted to this myself in front of the bathroom mirror this morning, I didn’t look half as good doing it as Zhao Huan.
And I have no idea how I am going to unwrap those towels from the bathroom light fixture.