His reputation may have seriously tarnished over the years, but few exemplify the explorer’s spirit like Cristoforo Colombo. On this Columbus Day, let’s tip a hat to the guy who achieved at least one huge thing: he crossed the Atlantic (and returned!) with ships that really shouldn’t have made it.
“You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
— Christopher Columbus
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Start small — imagine that Columbus discovered a pebble before he stumbled upon a continent. What that in mind, what can you do?
by Leonardo Balada
This 1986 work may not have made the standard repertoire yet, but this cast has certainly made their mark: the recording from Barcelona features the likes of José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Carlos Chausson, Luis Alvarez and Stefani Palatc. Balada seems to have had a keen interest in Columbus, too: here’s another opera about the seafarer’s death.