I have read the autobiography. Can’t say I have had an experience
quite as exciting at casting the Medusa. I have certainly wished I
could get away with chasing my competitors with a sword from time to
time. I am definitely enjoying the “Treatise on Goldsmithing”. The
part on enameling… chewing paper…“if you have teeth”…to get a
pulp to absorb the moisture from the enamel was interesting. Things
were different then…
Finally, much to my surprise, there is an opera by Hector Berlioz
titled “Benvenuto Cellini”. It centers around the casting of the
Medusa. Berlioz did take some artistic liberties with the characters
but it is still a good tale.
Philips Classics, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Collin Davis. I think
the correct number is Philips 416 955-2 for those so inclined.
One of my students works in stage and theater. She did not see how I
could live without it. Now what do I have to start doing to get an
opera written about me in 200 years? Something to think about for
business plan and the new year.