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Plinio Clabassi

Plinio Clabassi was an Italian operatic bass associated with the Italian repertoire. Born in Sedegliano, Plinio Clabassi began to sing at an early age with his native city's men's chorus, "Cantario Santo Stefano", of which he was director from 1946 to 1947. During the Second World War, he served in the campaign of Albania. After the war, he joined the Granatieri di Sardegna Mechanized Brigade in Rome, it was during that period. He soon was invited to sing at most of the opera houses and concert halls throughout Italy, his career of some thirty years would take him to many European countries, to North and South America, as well as to South Africa and Australia. His repertoire was vast, ranging from Caldara and Paisiello to Pizzetti and Alfano, including Mussorgsky, Max von Schillings, Renato Chiesa, but he was admired for the 19th-century romantic works by composers such as Donizetti, Bellini and Puccini. A basso cantante with a beautiful voice, he was admired for his scenic intelligence and dignity.

He can live recordings. Clabassi was married to opera singer Rina Gigli, with whom he appeared on a number of occasions, including a 1966 production of Turandot at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Plino Clabassi died in San Vito al Tagliamento, on 22 October 1984. In May 2012, a new theatre in his native city was named in his honour. Most of his recorded work consists of secondary characters and small roles in operas, such as Monterone in Rigoletto, Lodovico in Otello, the Speaker of the Temple in The Magic Flute, the Old Monk who turns out to be Carlo Quinto in Don Carlo, the King of Egypt in Aida. 1953 - The Magic Flute, Karajan 1954 – La forza del destino, Serafin 1954 – Don Carlo, Santini 1955 – Madame Butterfly, Karajan 1955 – Aida, Perlea 1955 – Rigoletto, Serafin 1955 – Il Tabarro, Bellezza 1958 – Anna Bolena, Gavazzeni 1958 – La forza del destino, Previtali 1958 – La Gioconda, Previtali 1961 – Aida, Solti 1956 – La sonnambula 1957 – Il trovatore 1958 – Turandot 1967 – Lucia di Lammermoor Recordings VIDEO: Ferrando's aria from Il Trovatore, YouTube YouTube audio: Count Monterone, cursing the Duke for violating his daughter, Rigoletto for joking about it Mozart: The Magic Flute

St Paul's Church, Safi

St Paul's Church, formally known as The Parish Church of the Conversion of Saint Paul, is a Roman Catholic parish church located in the village of Safi in Malta. Before Safi became an independent parish in 1598, it formed part of the medieval parish of Bir Miftuħ, nowadays part of the parish of Gudja; the parish of St Mary of Bir Miftuħ is one of the original medieval parishes that are mentioned by Bishop Senatore de Mello in 1436. In 1592, the villages of Safi and Kirkop were merged into a single parish, with St Leonard in Kirkop becoming the parish church. On April 13, 1598 Safi became an independent parish; the original church of St Paul was much smaller than the present building. It was chosen from among five of the churches in the village to serve as the parish church; the present Baroque church, in the doric style, was built on the site of the original one between 1727 and 1744. It was consecrated on October 10, 1784; the church has a number of paintings. Among these are the titular painting, by Stefano Erardi, located behind the high altar and depicts the conversion of St Paul

Backseat (song)

"Backseat" is a song written and recorded by American hip hop duo New Boyz, American production duo The Cataracs, singer Dev. The song was released as a single on February 15, 2011 as a digital download in the United States and served as the second single from New Boyz' second album Too Cool to Care; the song contains elements of hip-hop, rap and dance music and contains use of Auto-Tune on some of the vocals. A music video was directed by Jake Davis, it was premiered on March 7, 2011. It features appearances by featured artist Dev in shiny glittering dress, which changes into a white-and-pink dress with a quarter of a pyramid and The Cataracs; the first few scenes were shot with appearance by all artists. The scene changes to a "party in a club" scene after the second chorus, the back seats of a car, given the title of the song, it ends with New Boyz being covered by the shadows. The music video contains cars that don't feature back seats as well as a mustang in place of the Camaro, not orange.

In the video, car miniatures were used to create an illusion of it being full-scale models. ITunes released "Backseat" as a deluxe single. Deluxe single "Backseat" debuted at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has peaked at #26 in its twelfth week, becoming the duo's third top forty hit in the United States; as of July 2011, the song has now sold over 1,000,000 digital copies

Lamoille, Minnesota

Lamoille is an unincorporated community in Richmond Township, Winona County, United States. Big Trout Creek and the Mississippi River meet at Lamoille; the community is located 9 miles southeast of Winona along Highways 61 and 14, at the junction with Winona County Road 7. Great River Bluffs State Park and Interstate 90 are nearby. Other nearby places include Winona, Pickwick, Donehower and Dresbach. Lamoille took its name from the Lamoille Lamoille County in Vermont, it developed at a point where a stagecoach route crossed the Mississippi River and the community was platted in 1860. Lamoille had a post office from 1858 to 1975

Franz Josef Strauss

Franz Josef Strauss was a German politician. He was the long-time chairman of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria from 1961 until 1988, member of the federal cabinet in different positions between 1953 and 1969 and minister-president of the state of Bavaria from 1978 until 1988. Strauss is credited as a co-founder of European aerospace conglomerate Airbus. After the 1969 federal elections, West Germany's CDU/CSU alliance found itself out of power for the first time since the founding of the Federal Republic. At this time, Strauss became more identified with the regional politics of Bavaria. While he ran for the chancellorship as the candidate of the CDU/CSU in 1980, for the rest of his life Strauss never again held federal office. From 1978 until his death in 1988, he was the head of the Bavarian government, his last two decades were marked by a fierce rivalry with CDU chairman Helmut Kohl. Born in Munich on 6 September 1915, as the second child of a butcher, Strauss studied German letters and economics at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1935 to 1939.

In World War II, he served in the Wehrmacht on the Eastern Fronts. While on furlough, he passed the German state exams to become a teacher. After suffering from severe frostbite on the Eastern Front in early 1943, he served as an Offizier für wehrgeistige Führung, responsible for the education of the troops, at the antiaircraft artillery school in Altenstadt Air Base, near Schongau. During Jassy–Kishinev Offensive, he served with the Panzer Regiment of the 13th Panzer Division, he held the rank of Oberleutnant at the end of the war. In 1945 he served as translator for the US army, he called himself Franz Strauß until soon after the war when he started using his middle name Josef as well. After the war, in 1945, he was appointed deputy Landrat of Schongau by the American military government and was involved in founding the local party organization of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria. Strauss became a member of the first Bundestag in 1949. In 1953 Strauss became Federal Minister for Special Affairs in the second cabinet of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, in 1955 Federal Minister of Nuclear Energy, in 1956 Defence Minister, charged with the build-up of the new West German defence forces, the Bundeswehr – the youngest man to hold this office at the time.

He became chairman of the CSU in 1961. Strauss stated in a letter to HIAG in March 1957: "I think you know how I think about the front line units of the Waffen-SS, they are included in my admiration for the German soldiers of the last world war." Former Lockheed lobbyist Ernest Hauser admitted to investigators during a U. S. Senate hearing that Minister of Defence Strauss and his party had received at least $10 million in remuneration for arranging West Germany's purchase of 900 F-104G Starfighters in 1961, which became part of the Lockheed bribery scandals; the party, its leaders, Strauss all denied the allegations. Strauss and Hauser had met after World War II in Schongau, where Hauser was stationed. Hauser worked for U. S. Intelligence and Strauss was Hauser's translator, they were good friends, which Strauss denied, in a denial belied by the fact that Strauss had attended Hauser's wedding. As the allegations were not corroborated, the issue was dropped, it was known at the time that a Senate hearing in the U.

S. revealed that Lockheed associates paid Strauss a bribe to purchase the planes, due to Boeing suing Lockheed over the lost German business. In a Senate hearing in the U. S. it was admitted by Lockheed associates. In spite of this fact, Strauss was never indicted in Germany due to his influence. Lockheed at that time was on the brink of collapse; the F-104G's development had been expensive. S. Air Force refused to purchase the plane due to its unnecessary features; the German contract proved to be a windfall for Lockheed. After Germany ordered the fighter planes from Lockheed, many more European governments started to place their trust in the Starfighter and ordered more planes, saving Lockheed from financial ruin. Strauss was forced to step down as defence minister in 1962 in the wake of the Spiegel affair. Rudolf Augstein and editor-in-chief of the influential Der Spiegel magazine, published German defense information that Strauss's department alleged was top secret, he was held for 103 days. On 19 November, the five FDP ministers of the cabinet resigned.

This put Chancellor Adenauer himself at risk. He found himself publicly accused of backing the suppression of a critical press with the resources of the state. Strauss had no choice but to admit that he had lied to the parliament, was forced to resign. Strauss himself was exonerated by the courts on the charge of acting against the constitution. Strauss was appointed minister of the treasury again in 1966, in the cabinet of Kurt Georg Kiesinger. In cooperation with the SPD minister for economy, Karl Schiller, he developed a groundbreaking economic stability policy. After the SPD was able to form a government without the conservatives, in 1969, Strauss became one of the most vocal critics of Willy Brandt's Ostpolitik. After Helmut Kohl's first run for chancellor in 1976 failed, Strauss cancelled the alliance between the CDU and CSU parties in the Bundestag, a decision which he only reversed m