corscopa

If by Muirin007

Erik Charles Renaud (13 December 1838 - 20 June 1923) was a French composer, tenor, writer, painter, sculptor, illusionist, inventor, engineer, and architect. Renaud’s work is revered for its ingenuity, and is widely considered to be at the forefront of Romantic music. His innovative and expansive canon consists of over 200 operas and instrumental works.

His decade-long collaboration with Charles Garnier similarly revolutionized architecture and led to the construction of the Opera Garnier, while his contributions to early sound-recording technology produced some of the first high-quality recordings of famous voices of the day, including those of his wife, soprano Christine Daae, and several of his own.

Renaud’s voice was revered for its haunting resonance and remarkable range, and was sought after by hundreds of theater directors across the world who were well aware that an opera bill bearing Renaud’s name would herald sold-out audiences. Queen Victoria herself was one of Renaud’s most ardent admirers, and would later call his voice “the only sound that brings me true solace” and “divine proof of God’s presence on Earth.”

Renaud met soprano Christine Daae while he was attending an 1880 concert series at the Garnier. Daae was then a member of the chorus and played a fairly insignificant role, but Renaud was “utterly taken by her delicate beauty and the crystalline tone of her voice,” according to a letter he penned to Charles Garnier several weeks after the performance. Renaud, “trembling like a damnable fool,” approached Daae several weeks later and remarked on her voice’s great potential, offering “to serve as her tutor, if she would permit it.” Daae was flattered and accepted, and over the course of her lessons, would strike up a close friendship with the composer who she called, “The loveliest man in existence.”

Under Renaud’s instruction, Daae’s voice blossomed into one of the finest of the era, and the couple’s love deepened considerably. After her debut performance in an 1883 production of Faust, Renaud proposed, and the two were married that spring. They went on to star in several operas together, and Daae remained her husband’s “muse, life, and soul” throughout their marriage. The couple bore two children, the noted composer Charles Renaud II, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Annalise Katrine Renaud. The latter wrote of her parents in the forward to her 1934 bestseller Le Réfugié:

…they were the happiest couple I had ever seen, yet theirs was more than mere happiness. It was as if they were one in the same, and, intensely devoted and endlessly loving parents though they were, Charles and I knew they shared something separate that we could never be a part of. It was present in the small, secretive smiles they shared, the glittering gazes exchanged over the dinner table, the infinitely gentle way my father would take my mother’s hand in his own and then look up at her as if he could scarcely believe she was there.

Renaud died in the summer of 1923 from natural causes, leaving a legacy of contributions–and a legendary name–in his wake. His massive list of accomplishments and great intellect caused his contemporary Charles Gounod to dub him, “The last true Renaissance man, and the only genius I have ever known.”

(Above: An 1881 photograph taken of Renaud in his Paris studio. His wife found it to be “a charming, handsome likeness” but Renaud, displaying his famous wit, quipped, “I’ve yet to discover why the fellow in that photograph looks so utterly pleased with himself. With a face like that, it would be hard to be pleased with anything.”)

corscopa  asked:

I thought you were a nickel with an opera ghost mask on.

*glances to right* *glances to left*

WHATEVER ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

oh gosh she knows about the before

*cries* NO. I CAN’T KEEP THE TRUTH FROM YOU ANY LONGER, LUCY. IT’S TRUE. IT’S ALL TRUE. I WAS IN FACT A NICKEL, WHO WORE A MASK TO ATTEMPT TO HIDE THE FACT THAT I WAS NOT HUMAN:

FEAST YOUR EYES! GLUT YOUR SOUL ON MY ACCURSED NICKELNESS.

corscopa  asked:

What about the time you borrowed kim's swimsuit?

One time I was staying at my friend Kim’s house while my parents were out of town cuz I had to be there for band camp.

Anyway I had a really bad headache and it was just awful (learned later that I had inter-cranial hypertension meaning that the fluids surrounding me brain were either being produced too fast or not draining properly MY HEAD WAS GETTING SQUEEZED OK THE WORST) and kim has a hot tub so kim and suzzie were like “ok let’s sit in the hot tub n maybe you’ll loosen up n feel better”

and I was like “well that sounds lovely except for the fact that i physically do not own a swimsuit.”

Kim said I could borrow hers.

This was a lovely plan.

Except for the fact that I am rather heavy up top, and she is not. As in, not even along the same range at all.

So I put on her swimsuit that was perfectly practical and modest on her, and it exposed all of my cleavage. All of it.

I went downstairs and Suzzie was like “hey does it fit?”

and I went “well yes but im a little uncomfy im glad it’s just us” and took off the towel wrapped around my shoulders.

She kind of glanced over, and then did a double take and I’m pretty sure that’s the first time anyone has stared at my boobs.

When Kim came downstairs Suzzie immediately demands “WHY DID YOU GIVE HER THE BOOBIE ONE?!” And Kim looked kind of horrified and said in this absolutely shocked voice that “It doesn’t do that on me…”

and we all stared at my cleavage for a long time and just like “woah mree you have cleavage” and then when her dad was coming downstairs she was like “marie can we just” and pulls my towel up around my shoulders again.

:|

so basically it was a good thing it was nighttime bc I was like falling out and it was really embarrassing for me at the time and that’s why i don’t think I’ll borrow kim’s swimsuit again.

Corscopa asked you a question: Steve/Peggy
  • when or if I started shipping it: Uh, like the first time she showed up in the movie?
  • My thoughts:“She’s great. They should get together.”
  • What makes me happy about them: I have to admit I’m kind of a sucker for slow-build relationships because then the feels are just hit you in the face good when they finally get together…ish.
  • What makes me sad about them: /rolls into volcano did you really just ask that
  • things done in fanfic that annoys me: Somehow getting around the fact that she’s now like super old?? Idk things like that make me mad.
  • things I look for in fanfic:Don’t read many fics for them srry.
  • Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other: Steve/Natasha. Haven’t thought about Peggy I’m too focused on Romanogers oops.
  • My happily ever after for them:TO LOSE THE ENTIRE TRAGEDY OF THE ENTIRE SITUATION I DON’T KNOW THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME.
  • what is their favorite non-sexual activity: Dancing

dimbosama replied to your photo: My mom’s coworker gave her some (by some I mean…

You okay there Sheridan?

Yep, I’m o-range. Wait…what? No, I mean I really am o-range. AH, NO, I’M ORANGE. I’m oooooooooo-range. Orange. Are oranges named oranges because oranges are orange or is orange called orange because oranges are orange. HAHAHAHAHA, ORANGE.

corscopa replied to your photo: My mom’s coworker gave her some (by some I mean…:

nope *flies away*