When I was invited to the first night of Alma Deutscher’s opera, Cinderella, I was in two minds. How on earth could a child prodigy of 12 write an opera that wouldn’t be pantomime? The hype was great. The BBC interviewed her for an hour. “60 Minutes” lent her celebratory status soon afterwards. How wrong I was to have any doubts. The Program The opera set in Transylvania was astonishingly good – especially the last two acts – and Opera San José were simply at their very best.
Thanks to AUR’s vivacious board member, Debra Tornaben, I was lucky enough to speak to the Palm Beach Round Table about my Travels with an Archaeologist. A hundred or so gathered for a fine lunch in The Pavilion belonging to the Colony Hotel. Here the stars had gathered in the ‘40s and 50s. The old elevator belongs to that golden age and has the smell of perpetually burnished brass. The Pavilion, The Colony Hotel Steeped in Florida’s history, it was a rare pleasure to sit nex
My former colleague, Jim Mathieu, Chief of Staff at the Penn Museum, has kindly loaned me his adviser’s thesis. He knows fully well that it’ll thrill me. It has…. Bernard Wailes was Jim’s adviser, a member of the Penn’s Department of Anthropology since 1961, he was a proverbial gentleman. He published little but his impact on students was great. I first sensed this when he arranged Colin Renfrew’s visit to the Penn Museum along with seventeen junior colleagues including me in