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battle of the bulges

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“WHAT in GAY hell was jumping around him?” exclaims a puzzled YouTube fan, and La Cieca agrees that even the gifted Stephen Costello seems nonplussed by, well, all that gay hell. (This clip is from a recent Rigoletto performance.)

67 comments

  • Trimalchio says:

    Eyebrows are very expressive, thank you.

    High C’s, he ignored me, blew me off, in a crowd of 1 waiting for him after Die Fledermaus -- and that is NO FAIR.

  • High C's @ 4:20 says:

    Trim, do you live in Dallas? :) Do we know each other??

    At the end of Merry Widow, I recognized him at Luckys on Friday at lunch and spoke briefly…then Sat. i totally fawned over he and his friend from AVA, and on Sunday i insisted on an autograph and he obliged readily… i even ‘announced’ him as the next famous opera tenor to a large cluster of people waiting for tables and he seemed so sweetly appreciative. I cant wait for his return in Roberto Devereaux… I expect him in Luckys again of course. Ill see if i cant get you an audience with him…

  • Trimalchio says:

    Oh, right. See? I was so soured I block out the name of the opera, Merry Widow. (The Bat I saw this summer here in Austin with Antonio di Paolo in the tenor role who was Not very interesting.) I’m always willing to give a young man another chance, so I went to Baltimore and, yes, will come again to Dallas in January.

  • High C's @ 4:20 says:

    Youll have to come into Luckys and introduce yourself… just ask for the waiter thats the opera queen…

    i saw the Figaro in Austin a couple years ago… was impressed.

  • High C's @ 4:20 says:

    And id guess its a safe bet youll be returning for the boheme with your Mr. Valenti… he’e been instructed to come to Luckys too…

  • Mordred says:

    I recently attended a Master Class given by soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and she was asked how she dealt with situations like this. This is how she replied: (I paraphrase)

    A singer, regardless of how famous they are, can’t just walk out of the production because they would be violating their contract and could be sued by the opera company in addition to might never be able to work for that company again.

    The opera world is a relatively small community. A singer who refuses to take direction will be regarded as difficult and the entire opera world will hear about it. That might make getting future engagements with any company more difficult.

    Ms Radvanovsky said that when she is asked to do something she doesn’t like, she will rehearse it that way at least three times. After the third rehearsal she will ask to meet with the director in private (no public outbursts) and tell him (or her) that she has done it the directors way three times and that she is uncomfortable doing it this way. She adds that they both want her to make the director look as good possible, so perhaps they can reach a compromise. She adds that this approach has always worked for her.

  • High C's @ 4:20 says:

    i could be a real booger and say “How interesting that is all you gleaned from a master class by Sondra Radvanovsky” but i wont.

    Oops I did.