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CARMEN FACTS • Carmen by George Bizet is one of the most frequently performed operas, and the “Toreador Song” is one of the most widely recognized operatic tunes. • Enrico Caruso and Maria Jeritza starred in a production of Carmen in which real horses were used. One horse relieved himself, leaving a huge puddle. When the climactic death scene arrived, Caruso stabbed Maria, but she refused to fall down dead. “Die! Fall will you!” Caruso shouted, and she sang, “I’ll die if you can find me a clean place!” • The most tacky version of Carmen was probably the silent movie version that was made in 1915. • During one performance of Carmen a dog wandered on stage and became fascinated by the conductor’s waving baton. The dog enjoyed fetching sticks and couldn’t understand why the conductor wouldn’t throw the baton for him to retrieve. The dog began to bark and the barking became louder when the conductor used the baton to try to shoo the dog away. The curtain came down and the dog was removed. • Many cats reside in the outdoor arena in Verona and in one performance of Carmen, a kitty came out from behind the wings and started rubbing up against Don Jose’s legs, purring and meowing just as he was preparing to murder Carmen. • A performance of Carmen was being staged in Mexico City. The singer playing the part of Don José had a long wait back stage while Acts 3 and 4 progressed, so he decided to dash out to get a beer in a local tavern. No sooner had he entered one than he was arrested by a couple of cops who saw his scruffy clothing and dragged him off to jail. When he informed them he was a tenor singing opera, they informed him he was drunk. He could only convince them by singing his part in the opera. OPERATIC FACTS • When Princess Victoria, eldest daughter of Queen Victoria, wed Prince Frederick William of Prussia, she picked out music of her two favorite composers. One was the “Bridal Chorus” from Richard Wagner’s

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• Measha Gosman was born in New Brunswick in 1977. As a youngster, she sang in the choir of the Baptist church. She had an aptitude for music and began taking voice and piano lessons at the age of seven. As a teen, she spent summers on a scholarship at the Boston Conservatory, and she also studied with noted soprano Wendy Nielsen. She got a bachelor degree in music at the University of Toronto and then earned her masters degree in Germany. • When she married a Swiss man named Markus Bruegger, they combined their last names, and she became Measha Brueggergosman. • Measha was only 20 years old when she played the lead role in the premiere of the opera Beatrice Chancy. The opera tells the story of a slave girl in 19th century rural Nova Scotia who murders her abusive father, who is also her master. The opera was well received, as was her performance. In 2000 it was filmed for the CBC. • Since then, she has appeared throughout Canada, performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and at Roy Thomson Hall. She’s also performed internationally, in the U.S.,


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Measha Brueggergosman (cont’d) Germany, and elsewhere. She sang on William Bolcom’s album Songs of Innocence and Experience which won three Grammy awards, including Best Classical Album. • In 2012, Measha was a judge on the shortlived Canadian reality show Canada’s Got Talent. • In 2007, she appeared on the British show Who Do You Think You Are in which genealogy experts trace the family tree of famous celebrities. • On the show Who Do You Think You Are, Measha discovered that her great-greatgreat-great grandparents escaped from slavery during the Revolutionary War. The British granted freedom to all slaves who escaped from American rebels, which threw many plantations into chaos as slaves fled to freedom with the British. After the war, the British transported about 3,500 newly freed slaves to Nova Scotia where they were free to build new lives for themselves. Measha’s ancestors, John and Rose Gosman, and their baby daughter Fanny (who was born a free citizen because she was born behind British lines) traveled to Canada in 1783 on one of the last ships to leave New York for Nova Scotia. So Measha’s Canadian roots are deep and longstanding. • Measha nearly lost her life in 2009 when she suffered from a dissected aorta that was mis-diagnosed. “Essentially, I had ignored my blood pressure,” she admits. She felt

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• An opera called “The Prophet” written in 1849 by Giacomo Meyerbeer packed houses all over Europe because of the popularity of the rollerskating scene. Arm in arm, the diva and the baritone sang a duet while doing figure eights around the stage. • The original Engelbert Humperdinck was a German musician in the late 1800s. He wrote the opera Hansel and Gretel. • A age 2, William Gilbert was kidnapped from his home in Italy, and the ransom his parents paid was one pound of sterling silver for each pound of baby— 25 pounds in all. When Gilbert grew up and started working with Arthur Sullivan, he incorporated this incident into two of his operettas. • In the opera Othello, Othello is the only black actor. But in New Orleans in 1955, the actor playing the part became ill, and the understudy did too. Nowhere in town was there another black man who knew the part. However, there was a white man

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▶ The St. Elias Mountains in Kluane National Park are the youngest mountains in Canada and also the highest. There are more than 20 summits over 4,200 meters (14,000 ft.), the densest accumulation on the continent. ▶ The only true desert in Canada is in British Columbia near the town of Osoyoos. It’s about 24 km (15 mi) long. This is also where the country’s only banana plantation used to be, which sadly fell into obscurity when the owner died. ▶ What’s the sunniest city in Canada? Medicine Hat, with about 2,500 hours of sunshine each year. The foggiest is St. John’s, NL, with 119 days of fog per year. St. John’s is also the windiest, with an average daily windspeed of 24 km/hr (15 mi/hr). A TOAST TO AN OPERA SINGER CONT’D down, but she knew she was not destined for the life of a housewife; she was destined for the stage. • After receiving instruction as an opera singer, she knew this was the life for her. However, Australia did not have many opportunities for opera singers in the 1800s, so she left her family and traveled to Europe and England, where she was received enthusiastically, becoming the first Australian to achieve international recognition as an opera singer. • She had always gone by the nickname of Nellie, and she was persuaded to adopt a new stage name as her last name. She chose a contraction of her hometown of Melbourne. • During a newspaper interview, a reporter asked her how she stayed so slim. She said she enjoyed eating toast that was sliced very thin and toasted very crispy, a habit she had picked up when she’d been ill and could digest little else. The hotel chef at the Ritz served it to her whenever she visited, and other customers enjoyed it as well. Her fans, striving to emulate her, also started eating thin crispy toast, which was generally served with soups and salads or topped with spreads. Today we still eat the toast named after the Australian opera singer’s stage name. What is it? Melba toast.


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NEW Queen Faux Leather Platform Bed. 1 week $10 4 weeks $30 $199 (250)434-2337 Up to 30 words. Can deliver. 5 gallon Carboids w/ airlocks- $12. each. Mini Jet Wine/Beer filter To be in Kelowna/Vernon add $5 per week. w/pads $85. Keith 250-374-0486 PRI CPAP Machine & Wanted Humidifier. Purchased Buying April of 2013. Paid $2500 - Sell for $1250 Unwanted Guns o.b.o. Remstar CPAP 250 832-2982 - System One Heated Purchasing old Humidifier M Series Canadian & American Philips One Filters. coin collections & Purchased July 2011. accumulations. Old Ext. Warranty until July gold & sterling! Private, 2016. Pd $2400 Sell for Prompt & Confidential. $1100 o.b.o. Call 250250-548-3670 833-0107 (salmon arm)

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NEW Twin 6” Memory Foam Mattress. $149 Still in a box. (250) 434-2337 2000 600 Yamaha Vmax sled. Runs good and fast. Trade for smaller sled of similar year. (Shuswap) Call 250-547-2210

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NuCerity Open Opportunity Event Every Tuesday 7-8PM; 112 Sunset Court Super Saturday Opportunity Event Featuring Brad Bartch Saturday March 1, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM Includes lunch $16 (2:45-3:30 PM panel Q & A)

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Community Events FOEagles – Pre – St Patty’s Day Dinner & Dance Saturday, March 15, 2014; 755 Tranquille Road - 250-376-4633 - for tickets. Dinner – 5:30 pm / Dance – 7:00 pm; $15.00 /couple; $10.00 / single; $5.00 /Dance Only; Irish Beef Stew Dinner Dance: Hired Help EVERYONE WELCOME-You don’t need to be a member to attend. Kamloops’ World Kidney Day and Health Fair will be held on Thursday, March 13th at Northills Mall from 102:30 pm. The event will include various organizations that will share knowledge about health promotion and disease prevention. Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing students will be in attendance to teach community members about their blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol health in partnership with Extra Foods pharmacy staff. A passport system can be used to ensure you get to see everything that is offered and chances to win door prizes donated from local businesses. The Canadian Bluemoon Ventures are presenting a Fundraiser Ladies Only semi-formal Gala, Saturday, March 29, 2014. at The Plaza Hotel Ballroom. This is in support of our two charities, The Canadian Hemophilia Society (B. C. Chapter and B. C. Childhood Cancer Parents Association. This is a Buffet Dinner with lots of prizes, raffles and fun. Men will serve us! We have an Elvis Tribute Artist and a surprise guest from the lower mainland entertaining us. TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE. Tickets: $50.00 or table of 8 - $375.00 Time: cocktails 5:00 pm dinner 6:00 pm. Tickets available by calling 250-319-0402 or 778-257-2879 or at SalaJai Thai Restaurant 542 Tranquille or at The Plaza Hotel. Barnhartvale Coffee House Saturday 15 March 2014. “Open mic” for local musicians and small groups - sign up at the door. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Music starts at 7:30 pm. Admission $5.00. Free for open mic performers and children under 12. The Astronomical Society is raising money for a solar telescope for public exhibits. Leave your bottle deposit at any Kamloop’s outlet towards this purchase and see the sun with us at the Farmer’s Market this summer. Indoor farmers market at the Sahali Centre Mall, which runs from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m., every 1st & 3rd Saturday (twice a month) in Jan., Feb., Mar., & Apr. 2014. Features meat products, farm produce, baking, arts, crafts and more. New vendors welcome, if you “Bake It, Make It, Grow It”. For info: Andy at 250-577-3810, or DandyMe2@hotmail.com. Visions Farmers Market Society (non-profit). Kamloops Travel Club Meet other travelers, enjoy good conversation, share travel stories, photos and trip ideas. Drop-in at one of our weekly Thursday night meetings, 7pm @ the Art We Are. Call James 250-879-0873 or e-mail james@TalkAboutTravel.ca for more information. Language Conversation Group Are you interested in joining a casual French or Spanish conversation group? Practice speaking and learn from each other in a laid back informal setting. Details are still being worked out. If you are interested please contact James at 250-879-0873 or e-mail james@TalkAboutTravel.ca. Tuesday night adult drop in Badminton Held at the OLPH gym (635 Tranquille Rd) 7:00 - 8:30 pm with a $5.00 drop in fee and we provide the birdies. Any further information at 250.579.0193. FUN LAUGHTER FRIENDS 2014, KAMLOOPS UPCOMING EVENTS Contact: laugh2014@shaw.ca. - Please wear a nametag all the time - This is for adults only and children are not invited to participate Techi machines are asked to be turned off and put away as much as possible during socializing within the group and while attending these activities - There is no fee to “join” this group Meet & Greet - Coffee/Snack Sunday, March 2nd, 2014. TIME: 11:00am. WHERE: local coffee shop, please contact laugh2014@shaw.ca, COST: pay your own bill Wing Night – Meet & Greet Potluck Bring your own favourite wings; Saturday, March 8th 5:30pm

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