“We are all deeply affected by this loss – Johan Botha left us way too early,” said Dominique Meyer, General Director of Wiener Staatsoper.
Acclaimed South African heldentenor Johan Botha died Thursday morning in Vienna after a critical battle with cancer. Known for his fluid musicality and gargantuan tenor sound, Botha’s professional role debut came in 1993 when he appeared as Pinkerton in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” at Opéra Bastille in Paris.
The first monocular telescope was invented in 1603, and soon, respectable folks were buying them to better see details on the stage at the opera—not at all to discreetly examine the opposite sex.
These tiny telescopes, called lorgnettes (derived from the word "to leer or stare") in French, came attached to a long handle, and were often ornately decorated.
An Englishman named George Adams first thought to attach the lenses to each other and then a long handle on one side, saving ladies from having the handle right under their noses.
These became what we now think of as lorgnettes, again intricately decorated and encrusted with fine jewels for the wealthy society set.