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is it the girl or is it the gown?

“The campy diva lover in me should exult at the credit in the program ‘Renée Fleming‘s Costumes by Christian Lacroix,’ but in fact the couturier’s frocks were something of a mishmash. Best was a shimmering gold sheath that set off Fleming’s first entrance and trim waistline to perfection; worst was a rumpled ivory silk ballgown that made the dying (or dead?) Thaïs resemble a Botoxed Miss Havisham.”

Our Own JJ reviews the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Thaïs in Gay City News.

In other too-good-to-be-true (and yet it is!) news, the image gallery for this production is now live at the Met Archives site.


  • Tristan_und says:

    “a botoxed Miss Havisham” — La Cieca, you say that like it’s a bad thing!

  • Lucky Pierre says:

    who’s miss havisham?

    also, the night i went (couple of thursdays ago), someone said meryl streep was in the audience.

    i thought the first set was pretty nice — it actually looked like the set in the current salome. asides from the music and the singing, not a very exciting evening though.

  • Tristan_und says:

    Miss Havisham is the character in Dickens’ “Great Expectations” who, after she is left at the altar by her faithless fiance, goes into her room and stays there for years in her wedding dress, never emerging, with the wedding cake rotting on the table. Probably the visual La Cieca was evoking was from the British movie of the same name (date? director?).

  • Brooklynpunk says:


    The classic, and best version (IMHO) of “Great Expectations “was the 1946 one, directed by David Lean….

    I love Miss Haversham…epexially when she tells Estrella to make Pip fall in love with her, so she can then “break his heart”……..

  • Tristan_und says:

    That’s it, alright. Gee, how did we live before YouTube?

  • Lucky Pierre says:

    thanks, la cieca. what would i do without parterre?