Cher Public

“merry” is not precisely the right word

And this is so not someone I expected to turn up at the Embassy Ball.


And now, the inevitable “this diva looks like that diva.”

  • Buster

    Elena Obraztsova immediately won me over. Gorgeous! Thanks -- is this from a complete movie? I need to see that.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Here’s a really great camera treatment of an unusual arrangement of singer, pianist and chorus in outdoor concert with some audience members in rapt attention, swooning, tailgating, dancing to the music and blowing car and bicycle horns as bravos. It’s also a really apparent case of a singer aware of the musical demands on her technique trying phrase by phrase to meet them head on after a long career, like a musician who is playing her vocal chords. She seems to be trying to achieve a very Callas-like sound in certain phrases. Lovely event, only in Europe!


  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    oops -- I meant boat horns.

  • Buster

    Quanto: a clip from this year’s guest, the impeccably gowned Danielle de Niese, would have been a little more on topic.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Bit I like the lusty busty kind!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    I just noticed that La Cieca has a new hairdo above that makes her look a little like Eve Queller.

  • Krunoslav

    “DYKE, YA KNOW” (or so Moscow sources assured me)

  • #2 Thanks quanto painy, I really like Nelly. I don’t think the voice was a really apt instrument for the heavier roles she sang, but I admire the multi-layered preparation and culture in the singing. Like her compatriot Marianna Nicolescu, she’s one of the few people who really understand what bel canto is all about. I especially like the wonderful Mary Stuart mad scene. Incidentally, I think the Preghiera which comes beforehand is one of his stronger inspirations, and the confession scene is on a different plane altogether, sublime!

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    And people said she was incapable of subtlety

  • Lindoro Almaviva

    And the bitch had a fabulous pair of legs:

  • C/F 8: Mary Stuart mad scene???
    Just because it’s Donizetti doesn’t mean someone goes insane.
    We know you mean the pre-execution cabaletta, but … mad scene? You must be thinking of Anna Bolena.

    (as Donizetti told me personally: “Whew! … just because I went mad doesn’t mean … what was I talking about?”)

  • OK Hans Lick so not excactly a mad scene. Never knew the difference between the final scenes of Bolena and Stuarda. Although I love both and think they are the pinnacle of bel canto, alongwith the mad scene from Pirata.
    I think Stuarda is much, much more than the act II slinging match. Although it’s great fun too, of course.