Opera stars of the 1880s: where are they now? (Dead)                

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Emma Engdahl-Jägerskiöld

The omlaut-tastic star of the Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian stages opened her own opera company at the tailend of the 1880s. Nowadays, she struggles to keep up with the rigours of the job, because she is dead.

Sir George Power, 7th Baronet

Sir Power, the Kilkenny-born Gilbert & Sullivan star, is the only entry on this list to have been awarded a knighthood. A whole lot of good it did him, seeing as he is dead.

Emma Howson

The Australian soprano is another Gilbert & Sullivan veteran, renowned for creating the principal role of Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore. Like a lot of veterans, she is dead.

Marcella Sembrich

A native of Vyshnivchyk, a tiny village in what is now western Ukraine, the coloratura soprano came from humble beginnings. More recently, she met an even more humble ending. She is dead.

Adolf Kozieradski

We’re not entirely sure if he was big on the opera scene of the 1880s, but we wanted to include him because of his funny name. Whoever heard of a Kozieradski?

This Polish bass-baritone sang the lead in the world premiere of Stanisław Moniuszko’s The Haunted Manor in 1860s Warsaw. Now, the only thing he’s haunting is a cemetery. He is dead.

Lorenz Nikolai Achté

This next entry requires plenty of introduction. Born in Pori, on the west coast of Finland, Achté was one of the first artists attached to the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. His dedication to his homeland is such that he now fertilises some of it. He is dead.

Ernestine Schumann-Heink

Enrapturing audiences professionally since the age of just 15, we’re glad Schumann-Heink, raised in the environs of Bohemia, got started early. She is dead.

Klementina Kalašová

Following her shock eviction from the Big Brother house, the Czech opera singer successfully transitioned into a career as a media personality and pop star one-hit wonder.

That was a bit of levity. She is dead.

Francisco D’Andrade

I wonder if anyone’s made it this far. How much information is buried at the end of listicles? How many acutely personal truths are gathering dust at the bottom of blogposts, met with the same apathy that greeted the 1853 premiere of La traviata?

Anyway, he is dead.

Fyodor Petrovich Komissarzhevsky

Komissarzhevsky is best known for his versatility, proving adept not only as a leading tenor, but also for giving skull-splitting headaches to any critic trying to spell his name. Now comfortably into his twilight years, he divides his time equally between the Protestant Cemetery in Rome and nowhere else. This is because he is buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome. He is dead.

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Top seven DEADLIEST sins of ALL TIME

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OK, so we’ve all done the occasional sin here or there – eating meat on a Friday, skipping mass from time to time. But have you ever wondered what the literal seven DEADLIEST sins EVER are? Fear not, the Catholic Church has got you covered…

7. Pride

“W T actual F??? What’s wrong with being proud????” we hear you say. Well think again, girl, because that’s the kind of talk which will end you up spending eternity in the absence of God’s love in the flames of hell which burn but provide no warmth or light.

Looks like someone posted too many mirror selfies
Detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch Source: Wikipedia

6. Sloth

Ughhhhhhh. We all LOVE a lie-in. After a night of mimosas with the girls, there’s nothing like waking up, telling your alarm clock to STFU and going straight back to sleep. But DID YOU KNOW this can lead to eternal damnation? Seriously. Look it up.

5. Greed

Now this sin is literally such a buzzkill. And surely you can never have too many pairs of shoes in your wardrobe, am I right??? Try telling that to Dante Alighieri:

Here, more than elsewhere, I saw multitudes
to every side of me; their howls were loud
while, wheeling weights, they used their chests to push.

They struck against each other; at that point,
each turned around and, wheeling back those weights,
cried out: “Why do you hoard?” “Why do you squander?”

Preach hon!!!

Avarice is honestly cheugy AF.

4. Wrath

We know you were 100% fuming when Rachel got off the plane (BTW babe you are SO too good for that piece of sh*t), but you’re gonna be getting off a very different plane in a little spot called Self-exclusion from Communion with God if you don’t get to confession ASAP!

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3. Lust

Sit down, have a drink of water. We’ve got some bad news. 

Lust is 3rd deadliest sin of ALL TIME.


Yup, that Netflix and chill session you’ve got planned might not be such a great idea, because unless it’s solely for the purpose of procreation (Ugh, GROSS, we know), you’re going to hell. Remember what that purple devil emoji you just sent looks like because you’re gonna be seeing a LOT more of that guy.

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2. Envy

We see you commenting “omg totally stunning babe x” on your BFF’s pics when you’re secretly well jel. 

And you know who else sees it? The Lord. And he’s damning you to the flames for all eternity. Harsh much.

1. Gluttony

He may be lovable, but this Elf is a sinner!
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Someone should try telling this to Ben and Jerry’s because once I literally demolished a whole tub of Cookie Dough in, like, 2 days. But I went to confession after it, and so should you, if you want to avoid the fiery pits of damnation.

One too many trips to Five Guys? Confess.

A bit TOO flexitarian? Confess.

Given up on *another* diet? Confess.

Gluttony is the number 1 deadliest sin and if you don’t repent you’re gonna rot in hell forever. 

Oops, we said it.

The Last Judgement, Hell by Fra Angelico
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