BEING CLEOPATRA: November 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

LECTURE: Egypt and Alexandria: Ancient Wisdom & ‘Modern’ Science in Toronto

CLEOPATRA’S WORLD: Week 3: “Egypt and Alexandria: Ancient Wisdom and ‘Modern’ Science” The Egypt of the Ptolemies was a vibrant multi-cultural society producing marvels of architecture and learning. This week’s session will look at the great accomplishments of Egypt under the Ptolemies including: one of the earliest known planned cities, one of the world’s greatest attempts to gather the world’s knowledge and the world’s greatest scholars in one place, and the creation one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

About The Speaker: Lyn Green received her Ph.d from the University of Toronto. She has taught courses in Greek and Roman history and literature for Brock University at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, as well as being an instructor and teacher at the Royal Ontario Museum for many years. She has always had an interest in the Egypt of the Ptolemies, and has delivered scholarly and popular presentations on various topics. In 2007 delivered an all-day one-person seminar on Cleopatra to the North Texas Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt.

What: CLEOPATRA’S WORLD “Egypt and Alexandria: Ancient Wisdom and ‘Modern’ Science”
Speaker: Dr. Lyn Green
When: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 7pm
Where: University of Toronto campus, 4 Bancroft Ave. Rm 214, Dept. Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations
To register: $35, payment by cheque, cash or credit card at the door
Contact: Mark Trumpour, 647-520-4339

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets: Gold Mask

Cleopatra-Inspired Facials

"Staying youthful is totally easy if you have the money to drop on this KollagenX 24k Gold Mask. Although facial masks can be easily bought at various drugstores and cosmetic counters, this mask definitely offers the highest quality of rejuvenation.

Boasting the ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, the KollagenX 24k Gold Mask contains a stunning 99.9% of pure gold. Just leave the mask on for thirty minutes to achieve a youthful look to last for a lifetime. It’s believed that Cleopatra slept in a gold mask every night to maintain her beautiful and vibrant complexion.

Perfect for those who desire the utmost luxury in their beauty routines, the KollagenX 24k Gold Mask is available to keep you looking your best in the most glamorous way possible."

Friday, November 25, 2011

When I am not Being Cleopatra, I'm an opera singer!

As an Alumna of the Opera Conservatory at the Orange County High School of the Arts, I was asked to return in October for their 25th Anniversary Season Premiere where I sang some pieces with the fantastic Symphony Orchastra and did a CD signing of my CD Cleopatra's Voice. Here are two videos from the concert. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday Being Cleopatra!

Last year, Being Cleopatra was born! Being Cleopatra has blogged every single day on Cleopatra for an entire year. Can't wait to see what year 2 has in store!

...oh, and happy Thanksgiving too!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Aran Kei

Aran Kei being Cleopatra in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, performed in Japanese with Korean subtitles, running from November 24-27, 2011 at the LG Art Center in central Seoul, Korea.

The celebrated Japanese director, Yukio Ninagawa will make his first visit to Korea. Presenting “King Lear” in 1999, Ninagawa became the first foreign director who collaborated with the the Royal Shakespeare Company(RSC), and since then, his productions have enjoyed surprising success in the West as well as in Japan. Starring the veteran Japanese actor, Kohtaloh Yoshida as Antony, and the former Takarazuka Revue star, Aran Kei as Cleopatra, Ninagawa’s “Antony and Cleopatra” will show his mastery of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy adopting new perspectives and highly visual approaches.

ANTONY Kohtaloh Yoshida
DIRECTOR Yukio Ninagawa

Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (performed in Japanese with Korean subtitles)
When: November 24-27, 2011
Where: LG Art Center in central Seoul, Korea.
Tickets: 30,000 won-70,000 won

To buy tickets:
Call +82(2) 2005-0114
Fax +82(2)-2005-1538

Friday, November 18, 2011

Listen to samples from 'Cleopatra's Voice'

Listen to samples of my new CD featuring pieces about Cleopatra!

Pieces never previously recorded include:
Track 4: Non mi vantar gli allori
Track 5: La morte di Cleopatra
Track 7: Viens enfuyons-nous tous deux

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Eric Roth close to becoming writer for the 3D Cleopatra film

Eric Roth close to becoming writer on Fincher’s 3D CLEOPATRA pic
By Bill Melidoneas

"According to Variety, Oscar-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (FORREST GUMP, MUNICH, and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) looking reunite with David Fincher on his 3D CLEOPATRA epic. Oscar winning scribe Brian Helgeland (L.A CONFIDENTIAL) adapted the novel CLEOPATRA: A LIFE but it seems Fincher is bringing on his own writer to tailor the script to his cinematic style having worked with Roth on their Oscar-nominated efforts in THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON.

CLEOPATRA will take a closer, more intimate perspective from the Egyptian ruler showing her as a master strategist in war and politics. The film is slated to star Angelina Jolie, the only actress Hollywood believes is bankable in a big epic-type film such as this or for any big budget female starring vehicle.

This is going to be one of the most interesting and ambitious films Hollywood has put out in a very long time: a 3D historical epic taking on a new approach of a legendary character directed by one of Hollywood’s great contemporary filmmakers."

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Being Cleopatra: Catherine Haines

Catherine Haines being Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at The O'Reilly Theatre at Keble College on November 12. Set in the twilight of the silent film era, re-imagining Cleopatra's Alexandria as a decadent Weimar-Berlin-inspired film set, this new version of Antony and Cleopatra combines video, music, and Shakespeare's classic text to explore how identities can shift, collide, and dissolve into madness...

The O'Reilly Theatre at Keble College
Blackhall Road, Oxford OX1
November 12, 2011 at 2.30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: £5.00-£7.00

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Cleopatra Through the Artist's Eye: Fernand Paillet

Mrs. Arthur Henry Paget
(Mary Fiske Stevens, 1853-1919)
Watercolor on ivory
Fernand Paillet (1850-1918)

"Posed against a background of palm trees, the Nile River, and distant pyramids, Mrs. Paget is depicted in a stunning masquerade ball costume, dressed as Cleopatra. Mrs. Paget evidently liked dressing as the Egyptian queen, as she donned a similar costume for the famous Devonshire House Ball held in London in 1897. Her gown, supplied by Worth of Paris, glittered with gold and diamonds, and her headdress of rubies and emeralds was surmounted by a jeweled crown. Paillet painted the miniature after this studio photograph."

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Krewe of Cleopatra in Gretna, LA

Taking place in Gretna, LA, the Krewe of Cleopatra has just selected its queen for the 2012 Mardi Gras season. She is Belle Chasse resident Kimberly Buck.

It was 39 years ago that two sisters saw in their dreams a vision of Mardi Gras, with the beauty andgrace that could only be captured in an all women's carnival organization. Thus, was this krewe born.

A symbol was chosen for the power, dignity and beauty of a women's krewe...The ageless splendor of Egypt's mighty ruler...Cleopatra!

Our motto: Her beauty is timeless, her age is now… forever!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cleopatra's Sister

Sylvia Wong and Nadien Chu in Cleopatra's Sister

Sylvia Wong (left) and Nadien Chu in Cleopatra's Sister

Cleopatra's Sister, written and directed by Trevor Schmidt, is being performed at Northern Light Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“Why would I clear a path to the throne only to let you be the woman to walk it?”

In a final and dramatic meeting between Cleopatra and her sister (and rival) Arsinoe, only one woman can emerge victorious. The imagined meeting asks what could have been had these two women worked together - could they have changed the course of history for women? Two women fighting – not over a man – but over a nation and its throne.

Theatre: Northern Light
Written and directed by: Trevor Schmidt
Starring: Sylvia Wong, Nadien Chu
Where: PCL Studio Theatre, TransAlta Arts Barns 10330-84 Avenue
Running: Friday, November 4 (8pm) through Saturday, November 12 (8pm); Sunday, November 6 (2pm); Pay What You Can Matinees: Saturday, November 5 & 12 (2pm); No Shows: Sunday and Monday evenings
Ticket prices: $15.00 to $27.00
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets or call 780-471-1040 or TIX on the Square (780-420-1757)

Friday, November 4, 2011

So, how many classical vocal works on Cleopatra can there possibly be?'ll be surprised!!

It's only natural that composers would take advantage of Cleopatra's legendary popularity. Through much research, I found that there are over 60 classical vocal works that portray Cleopatra some of these pieces are featured on my new CD Cleopatra's Voice

Andreozzi, Gaetano: La morte di Cleopatra (1797)
Anfossi, Pasquale: Cleopatra (1779)
Awad, Sayed: The Death of Cleopatra (19??)

Barber, Samuel: Antony and Cleopatra (1966)
Beer, Jules: La Fille d'E'gypte (1862)
Bensa, Giuseppe: Cleopatra (1889)
*Berlioz, Hector: La Mort de Cléopâtre [cantata] (1829)
Bonamici, Ferdinando: Cleopatra (1879)
Bondeville, Emmanuel: Antoine et Cléopâtre (1972)

Canazzi, Antonio: La Cleopatra (1653)
*Carraud, Gaston: Cléopâtre (1890)
Castrovillari, Daniele: Cleopatra (1662)
Chadwick, George Whitefield: Cleopatra [tone poem] (1904)
Chiusano, Gerard: Antony and Cleopatra (2004)
Cimarosa, Domenico: La Cleopatra (1789)
Colonna, Giovanni Paolo: Cleopatra moribonda [cantata] (16??)

Dall'Angelo, Giacamo: La Cleopatra (????)
Darwish, Sayed: Cleopatra and Marc-Antony (1927)
Domenico: La Cleopatra (1789)
Durkee, Norman: Omnium (2005)

Enna, August: Cleopatra (1895)

Freudenberg, Wihelm: Cleopatra (1884)
Furey, Lewis: Antoine et Cléopâtre (2006)

Gounod, Charles: Variation de Cléopâtre [from Faust] (1859)
*Graun, Carl Heinrich: Cleopatra e Cesare (1742)
Grey, Henry: Cleopatra (????)
Griffes, Charles: Cleopatra to the Asp [song] (1912)
Grossmith, George Jr. & Rubens, Paul: Great Caesar [burlesque] (1899)
Gruenberg, Louis: One Night of Cleopatra (1954)

Hadley, Henry Kimball: Cleopatra's Night (1920)
Hamilton, Iain: Cleopatra [dramatic scene for soprano & orchestra] (1977)
*Handel, George Fredric: Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1724)
*Hasse, Johann Adolph: Antonio e Cleopatra (1725)
Havergal, Brian: Vision of Cleopatra (1907)
Herbert, Victor: The Wizard of the Nile (1895)
Hofmeyr, Hendrik: The Death of Cleopatra [vocal chamber work] (1986)
Hosni, Daoud: Cleopatra (1927)
Huss, Henry Holden: Cleopatra's death (dramatic fragment for soprano & orchestra) (????)

Kaffka, Johann: Antonius und Cleopatra (1799)
Krebs, Stanley: Cleopatra's farewell : a song-aria for high voice (????)

*Litta, Paola: Morte di Cleopatra (1914)

Malipiero, Gian Francesco: Antonio e Cleopatra (1937)
Marinelli, Gaetano: La morte di Cleopatra (1800)
Massé, Victor: Une nuit de Cléopâtre (1885)
Massenet, Jules-Émile-Frédéric: Cléopâtre (1914)
Mattheson, Johann: Die unglückselige Kleopatra, Königin von Ägypten (1704)
McCoy, William Johnston: Egypt (????)
*McDowall, Cecilia: "Give Me My Robe" [song from 4 Shakespeare Songs for Soprano] (1999)
Montfort, Alexandre: La mort de Cléopâtre [cantata] (1829)

Nasolini/Nazolin, Sebastiano: La morte di Cleopatra (1791)

*Pacini, Giovanni: Cesare in Egitto (1821)
Prévost, Eugène: La mort de Cléopâtre [cantata] (1829)

Rashid, Hasan: Masra' Antonio (1842)
Reise, Jay: Cleopatra [aria] (19??)
Rossi, Lauro: Cleopatra (1876)

Scarlatti, Alessandro: Antonio e Cleopatra (1701)
Siedle, Carl: I am dying, Egypt, dying : or Anthony and Cleopatra (????)
Sografi, Simeone Antonio: La morte di Cleopatra (1796)
Stewart, Robert: Cleopatra : for soprano and chamber ensemble (????)
Straus, Oscar: Die Perlen der Kleopatra (1923)

Vete, Albert: Down on the Nile: The Romance of Antony and Cleopatra (1945)
Vores, Andy: Cleopatra (19??)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cleopatra's Wedge

Cleopatra’s Wedge centers Burns Commons, where Prospect Avenue meets Ogden in Milwaukee, WI

"Cleopatra's Wedge is an 18-foot-tall (5.5 m) carbon steel sculpture currently on display at the Burns Commons in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is part of a growing roster of public art found within the city.

Created in 1991 by Brooklyn born artist Beverly Pepper and carved from an abandoned freeway corridor, the piece has been described by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as "slicing into the sky like a tool left behind by Paul Bunyan." It is made from Cor-ten, a favorite among outdoor artists, which naturally oxidizes while maintaining a deep rustlike appearance.

Cleopatra's Wedge came to Milwaukee by way of Chicago's Navy Pier. Before that it was exhibited in New York's Battery Park, Florence, Paris, and other places around the world.

Barry Mandel, a developer who created the surrounding apartment buildings, has an option to purchase the piece for $225,000. He hopes it will become the centerpiece of a new sculpture garden at the Burns Commons that would include a number of smaller works from recognized artists.

The park itself was part of a land swap with the City of Milwaukee to expand available green space. It was dedicated to poet Robert Burns in 1909 by Mayor David Rose, and has been called the First Ward Triangle, Franklin Square, and Baby's Park. During the 1900s, nannies for many of the wealthy Terrace Avenue families would sit with their newborn charges at the triangle."

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