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Having restructured ArtsPR, I composed or wrote 1,200 Constant Contact pages that were sent to 228,420 outreach contacts. Of those 58,349 were opened and 1,338 were clicked more than once for an average of 26% in the last 12 months. This is triple the normal range by CC by their standards.

The New York Times published 260 of my letter blogs having been both a NYTimesPick, and a Readers Choice on numerous days. Some generated additional feedback in the USA and Internationally, pro and con. In some cases numerous letters were published on a single day on Broadway, Arts, History, Opera and Economics over the last 12 months.

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Lincoln to us in 2021. Images in black and white.

Lincoln on the Know Nothing Party vs Trump.

August 24, 1855: Letter to Joshua F. Speed

The American or “Know Nothing Party” was an anti-immigrant political party of the 1850’s.

I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty-to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy.

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MARIAN ANDERSON in her historic recital at the Lincoln Memorial invited by Eleanor Roosevelt after she was banned by the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Uruguay; Texas; Chicago; New Orleans;Newark: Artists unsung for 2021.

ArtsPRunlimited, Inc Read Story Donate NowKevin Kramer, photo.GREAT ARTISTS IN MY LIFE: Both from PBS documentaries and in person. All noteworthy like Antonio Masini as well in Century 21.

Gertrude AbercrombieAmerican Painter (1909-77)
Gertrude Abercrombie was an American painter based in Chicago. Called “the queen of the bohemian artists”, Abercrombie was involved in the Chicago jazz scene and was friends with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Sarah Vaughan, whose music inspired her own creative work. Abercrombie’s motifs included owls, moonlit landscapes, and cats, as seen in her work The Courtship (1949), which she painted in a controlled palette of colors. “I am not interested in complicated things nor in the commonplace, I like to paint simple things that are a little strange.”

THE SCULPTURES OF GONZALO FONSECA – › 2017 › 12 › 17. The Noguchi Museum presents a retrospective exhibition of the sculptural work of Gonzalo Fonseca (1922–97), a major figure in the development of modern Latin American art who created some of the most enchanting sculptures of his day. The work here in marble evokes his mastery of form as he drew on ancient cultures in a modern form. Astonishing work.
Norman Treigle in NYCity Opera production of Carlisle Floyd’s SUSANNAH with Marilyn Niska (1971) and the 1958 premiere. Treigle scored his first significant success, as the tormented Reverend Olin Blitch, in the New York premiere of Floyd’s Susannah and at Brussels World’s Fair (1958).
Treigle became arguably one of the top bass-baritone of the Americas. His greatest triumph was in Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE which I saw numerous times bringing many friends and colleagues to see it as well. Treigle unfortunately died in 1975 at 47 at the cusp of his career.
My book is dedicated in his memory (2007) and has chapters about Opera here and abroad.

Madrid, Brooklyn, Ford’s Theatre, NY City Opera.

Teatro Real (1851-2020) Opera House in Madrid and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, Daniel P Quinn
In 2013 Teatro Real premiered an Opera based on the life of Walt Disney in Madrid,Apparently, Disney had authoritarian and fascist sympathies
Teatro Real took 32 years of construction before the neo-classical building opened with a ”La Favorita” by Donizetti in 1850. It functioned until ”La Boheme ” (1924) revealed deep cracks when the building was considered unsafe and forced its close.
A military dictatorship embraced by King Alfonso XIII governed Spain from 1923 to 1930, but municipal elections held in April 1931 deposed the king and ushered in the so-called Second Republic. Republican candidates passed measures that reduced the power and influence of the military, the Catholic Church, property-owning elites and other entrenched interests.
Franco, (1892-1975) a known authoritarian rightist, was reprimanded for criticizing the actions and the Spanish Civil War began. Millions died in the Spanish Civil War and the ugly reign of Franco lasted for decades, surpassing those of Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini. Teatro Real slid into ruin and was used as a munitions dump during the Spanish Civil War.In 1966 Franco reopened Teatro Real as a concert hall.
Franco considered opera to be decadent so more or less consigned Opera as unpalatable during his regime. Finally, in 1988, Spain’s Socialist Government decided to rescue the Teatro Real. They chose Jose Manuel Gonzalez de Valcarcel, who carried out the 1966 restoration while ignoring Franco’s orders to destroy the stage so that opera could never again be performed there. This began in 1991, confirming the theater’s reputation for misfortune, Valcarcel died of a heart attack while showing journalists around the site. The Franco regime lasted from 1939-75 when he died.
A new architect, Francisco Rodriguez Partearroyo (broke his leg while visiting the building). In 1996, the final cost had grown to four times the original estimate. Political soap opera began with Elena Salgado, a political appointee chose Stephane Lissner, from the Theatre du Chatelet into one of the most innovative opera houses in Paris to program Teatro Real.
The Ghost of Walt Disney in Madrid Premiere: 22 January 2013, Teatro Real, MadridOne recent restless night I got out of bed and turned the All Arts Channel on. They were broadcasting an chromatic opera in English that I only heard the last 40 minutes. It was a very expensive production with Disney cartoon figures; an old man and a child meeting in a hospital in California seemingly on their deathbed.
The score sounded like Philip Glass so I accidentally saw the second half of THE PERFECT AMERICAN sung in English at the Teatro Real. That was months ago. It was rebroadcast at an earlier hour and I watched the whole thing. It is a bio-pick on Disney and his career including a somewhat delusional Disney meeting with Lincoln in his robotic guise. Lincoln as Disney automaton was first seen in NYC. Lincoln was life sized debuting at the New York World’s Fare Illinois Pavilion (1965). He was later moved to Disneyland in Florida. Now he reappears as a dead-like figure puppet in THE PERFECT AMERICAN.
THE PERFECT AMERICAN was a subplot about a disaffected for employee draftsman in Disney studio’s who Walt fired because he wanted a credit for his work. There was a glimpse and a look back at a Labor Strike by Disney workers. His loving wife always backing him up and Fantasyland alla Glass and the libretto.
The audience in Spain seemed clueless about the whole thing. It was better than the Glass opera on COLUMBUS called THE VOYAGER but not by much. Glass took part in the curtain call and they all got polite applause. Next stop was the Perm opera House in Siberia. An opera destined for oblivion and not seen in Los Angeles or New York at this point if ever.
The Perfect American is an opera in two acts composed in 2011–12 by Philip Glass. It is an adaptation of the Peter Stephan Jungk novel, Der König von Amerika, a fictional work that re-imagines Walt Disney in his later years as a power-hungry racist.Based on: Der König von Amerika, by Peter Stephan Jungk , Librettist: Rudy Wurlitzer
This saga brings to mind the closure of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. which closed in 1865 when Lincoln was assassinated. It was immediately closed by the Government as a crime scene. It was also used for 90 years as a warehouse. The Ford Family went bankrupt and his widow eventually relocated to NJ. The National Park service and the Government with Producer Nickie Hewitt took charge and it was restored and re-opened as a Theatre in 1965.
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Aeschylus speaks for us:
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forgetFalls drop by drop upon the heart until in our ownDespair against our will comesWisdom through the awful grace of God.


We received an invitation to present a program and book signing with Exits&Entrances (2008). My book features his inscribed photo by Norman Treigle as Arrigo Boito’s MEFISTOFELE. E&E is dedicated to his memory as one of the great opera singers of my lifetime.
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Mashed Transit in the Us(a) w/NJtransit.

Bosses probably hasn’t ridden a bus in decades. It is a hell of a ride every day hours on end. Shocking was the effort to to absorb hundreds of pot holes in Livingston from the half-shuttered mall to Short Hills, Summit, Springfield, Maplewood, Irvington and Newark. This would also include Belleville. Nutley, Bloomfield, Paterson, Montclair, Kearny, and Clifton in the last few years as well.

While enduring an hour long NJTransit bus trek from Livingston to Newark, I would say most streets are in abject disrepair. While the bus was new it did not have shocks.

Tunisia: The Arab Spring, and us from 2011-2021.

Honoring Tunisia on the 10th Anniversary of the Arab Spring in 2021. Remembering Tunisia Independence Day at Home of the Ambassador in Washington, DC.Above is the World Heritage Site of ancient Carthage. Hannibal bought his elephants across the Alps and defeated Rome (circa) 230 BC. He is considered one of the Greatest Generals of all time.
We still need support for our Tunisia Project, asl a viable project especially now with Biden as President.
We began planning The Tunisia Project with Hannibal Alliance which grew out of The Arab Spring.
We were fortunate to contact Behjeddine Akkari in Tunis. We have stayed in touch in the years since and have learned more about the Peace efforts of Hannibal Alliance and the Nobel winning Quartet of Four who won the Peace Prize.
By so doing, our major effort to contact colleagues here and there. Some plans included a showing of Award winning film JE SUIS TUNISIEN. It is a parable when Europeans want to move en-masse to Tunisia for their survival. It has won some Film Festival Awards in Europe and would be timely for us as well in the USA.
Olive Oil from Tunisia also recently won a Gold Medal at an International Food Festival.  My first cultural encounter with Tunisia was a show from Tunisia of Roman mosaic’s at the Kennedy Center. They were thrilling objects as a gift from Tunisia that honored our Bicentennial in 1976.

Tunisia, it must be noted, was the first country to sign a Treaty with the USA in 1779 recognizing American independence.The recession waylaid our plans but we have maintained our connection with Tunisian colleagues in Tunis since 2011.
ArtsPRunlimited, Inc. has a profound interest in the Arts as a force for good in our time .On the occasion of the 61st Anniversary of Tunisia’s Independence Day, the Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States.  Mr. Faycal Gouia and his wife were hosts at their Residence, in Washington, DC, in 2017.  

La Dolce Vita via An Claideanch Soluis (2021).

Newark, Italy and me (Lulu Books 2019) over a century with hind-sight and foresight from 1920–2020. The Dawn of Nevarca (Newark’s Little Italy) from 1885 when they fled economic hardship and poverty of the impoverished Mezzogiorno region. Southern Italy (Il Sud) was the raison d’etre for Newark’s Little Italy.

Phonetically, Nevarca, was a Southern Italian contraction for their New Ark in America. Antonio Caruso (my great-Grandfather) arrived in the 1880’s and became a grocer in the 1st Ward on 8th Ave (now Central Ward). His wife’s maiden name was Tuosto. They all attended St Lucy’s Church and their 9 children worked in the grocery store to help the family earn a living.
In 1925–27, the Giuseppe Verdi Society of Newark commissioned a Columbus statue for Washington Park on Broad St.

Those statues demonstrated their commitment to Newark and America. Americans also embraced Tenor Enrico Caruso (1873–1921) who bridged opera nd popular music to become one of the best selling recording artists of all time. Italians repressed their language in America. My Mother was scolded by her Grandfather to never speak Italian outside their house. They all struggled to learn English.

It was considered anathema to speak Italian in public. They also also saluted Columbus at that time based in part to the popular Columbus World’s Fair exhibitions
The Italian immigrant Italians suffered deportations and discrimination. In part this came out of the 1912, 1913 and 1919 labor strikes in Paterson, and Lowell Massachusetts. Deportations began the FBI career of 24 year old J Edgar Hoover.

The Red Scare was begun after the Russian Revolution in 1917–20. Labor activists like the Irish native Elizabeth Gurley Flynn spoke at the American Labor Museum Botto House during the 1913 Paterson strike. Russian émigré Emma Goldman was also active in the pursuit of workers rights and a living wage. She was later deported back to Russia.

A Shoe Factory Payroll robbery in 1920 in South Braintree Massachusetts for which Nicola Sacco & Bartolomeo Vanzetti (Sacco & Vanzetti) were arrested. Terrified, they spoke little English.
They became a media sensation of the radical left and the hard rock conservatives in Boston. They endured 2 infamous trials. They were convicted of “consciousness of guilt” and executed by electric chair in 1927. While in Italy, the other elephant was Mussolini (1883–1945) who rose to power in 1922 .

COLUMBUS was a manifestation of anti-fascism in Newark in that period. 11 immigrants were lynched in New Orleans. Yet, the Italians remained here as Italy devolved into Fascism.

They also also saluted Columbus at that time based in part to the popular Columbus World’s Fair exhibitions which marked their identity as Americans in a foreign land. The Statue of Liberty greeted these refugees in New York Harbor and at Ellis Island from their impoverished life in Southern Italy. Caruso and Verdi’s music still shine as legends in Italian culture and every opera house in the world.
The Newark Sunday Call published a striking photo of my Caruso Family in 1925. The Irish journalist referred to them as a “clan” which is an endearing Irish expression foreign to gli Italiani (the Italians). As an Irish-Italian and now a bridge between both cultures. When asked if I was“Irish” at LaScala, and later when directing Tom Murphy’s Irish play The Gigli Concert in Italian in Rome.
As an Irish-Italian I am a bridge between both cultures especially when asked if I was “Irish” at LaScala. Later I made my European debut when I directed Tom Murphy’s Irish play The Gigli Concert in Italian in Rome. As a child I remembered a few Italian expressions but nothing else.
Frustrated, after my Master’s Degree at The American University in Washington, DC, I started taking Italian language classes in Bloomfield and Belleville Adult Schools before my season at LaScala and began the rediscovery of my complicated Irish-Italian roots here and in Italy ever since.

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Before COVID-19 (plague alla) Sophocles. We look back on Aliada in 2019 for 2021.

You could have joined us at ALIADA Restaurant as we saluted Sophocles

on 7/12/19 in Queens. Kyrie Elaison indeed for our New Projects Fund.

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Olympia Dukakis: on FANGS TO RICHES:
“FANGS TO RICHES offers “a great many indictments of American culture… If performed with gusto… it would have a strong impact….be an ideal project…for an audience. You’re a very talented man. ” Olympia Dukakis. They are available for performances individually or as a Trilogy for production in 2020-22 seasons.
American Phantasmagoria on Lulu Books for 2019 with Newark, Italy and me (Lulu Books).

We went Greek in Queens at ALIADA honoring Sophocles’ ELEKTRA (photo right) and THE WOMEN OF TRACHIS.

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SACCO&VANZETTI: BURN !!! was Finalist for Beyond the Curve International Film Festival, in Paris, France

Daniel P Quinn’s short film on SACCO & VANZETTI is an official selection for Paris Film Festival.View

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