La Vita Riprendo

As many who read this column know, I am a retired opera singer. One of my favorite composers is Giuseppe Verdi — not least because he wrote amazing music for the baritone voice.

Verdi loved Shakespeare, and one of the best baritone roles he created was that of Macbeth.

In Act Two of the opera, there is a scene set at a lavish banquet Macbeth and his lady are giving for the assembled nobles. Missing, of course, is Banquo — Read More

Beware the Jabberwock

Way, way back in 1968, I suddenly found myself in a hospital bed.

I was 7 years old, and my tonsils had to come out — right now. It was an emergency.

I was forced to put on a smock that tied in the back. The room was cold, and I could hear the hospital P.A. echoing outside my room.

“Dr. Stern, calling Dr. Stern….”

After a while, my parents left me in the care of a nurse. Then she Read More

The “Bullitt” Mustang Thrills Again

The iconic Highland Green 1968 Ford Mustang fastback that co-starred with Steve McQueen in the car-chase movie classic “Bullitt” sold for $3.74 million at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee, FL, auction in January.

This sale was the culmination of an extensive, sometimes heart-rending story that is like something from the golden age of Hollywood. This sale was not about cars, car collecting, or connoisseurship, but about love, steadfastness, personal loss and passion.

This isn’t the “Le Mans” Porsche

Back in 2011, I Read More