Kindness – What hinders it?

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Do you sometimes feel indifferent to the problems people experience? A lack of concern  for those in financial difficulty or who are ill or infirm? Perhaps you want to become someone with more warm-heartedness. To find more sympathy for the plight of others. Kindness is more than empathy. It is the desire to alleviate another’s … Continue reading Kindness – What hinders it?

Joy – What brings it to our lives? 

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No one expects to be happy through suffering hardship and troubles. But of themselves, an easy life, good health and fitness, do not mean we are necessarily joyful. Joy is surely more than just being born with a sunny disposition. More than just experiencing the joy of one’s sports team scoring a goal, or feeling … Continue reading Joy – What brings it to our lives? 

Good begat good

PoW Heinrich Steinmeyer (now aged 84) was captured after D Day and imprisoned near Comrie, a Perthshire village. Locals were so kind to him that he stayed there for seven years after the War and still keeps in touch with several families. Such friendliness was a surprise to him for he was a Nazi member … Continue reading Good begat good

Fidelio: A Critic’s Disappointment.

Fidelio

Welsh National Opera Production

Hippodrome Theatre Birmingham 12/11/10

Future performances will be at Llandudno, Southampton, and Oxford.

At the outset I’ve got to say the other night’s performance of the opera Fidelio by Beethoven in Birmingham was a disappointment for me. This despite the inspirational nature of the music as a rousing, triumphant affirmation of the belief that the most important human qualities – love, courage and kindness – can exist in even the most inhuman of conditions. It is a story about a woman who disguises herself as a man working in a prison in order to save her husband who is languishing there through no fault of his own.

There were both tender intimate scenes and highly charged choruses. However, the emotional impact of the performance on me was lacking. The singing was first class and the soloists in particular deserve admiration given the great vocal skill and endurance demanded of them by the score. But to my mind the acting of the performers seemed wooden. What little movement on the stage seemed to happen in slow motion.