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Looking for Trouble

That little Pinkerton brat is all grown up — and now he’s formed his own opera company.

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  • Alto

    They didn’t name him Trouble for nothing.

  • Alto

    Uh. I posted that before I noticed the headline.

  • operacat

    now there is a way that a fat opera singer can have a career at the met… learn how to manipulate a realistic puppet that looks like de Niese or Katherine Jenkins !! Mr. Gelb, can Urmana and Botha learn how to use Sophia Loren and Burt Lancaster puppets in three weeks?

  • louannd

    Maybe they should take on Tosca.

  • iltenoredigrazia

    Have to give Botha credit for attempting a diminuendo at the end of Celeste Aida.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    What an insult to singers. This type of puppetry is not like the famous Piccoli di Podrecca in Rome or the Salzburg Marionetten Theater. Minghella’s revenge indeed. Totally unispired and boring.

  • Baritenor

    Am I the only one who thinks this looks kind of cool? I guess I’m biased, as I am actually both a singer and a puppeteer, but I think this is could be an interesting production, visually trippy, and (from the six minutes I can see of it), it looks fairly well executed. What exactly is the problem (beyond the piano reduction, I mean. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s piano reductions of Puccini scores. They always sound so bare.)

  • Didn’t Basil Twist do something like this for Gotham Chamber Opera’s Bella Dormente in Bosco? (Bella extinct in the chocolate milk) a couple of years ago? It’s just “Viale di Q” by me -- certainly preferable to Bart Sher’s overblown whatsit at the Met.

    I take issue with the description of Schicchi as “la seule opera drole de Puccini.” I find many others of them quite droll.

    (And the ONLY time I found Gartnerin aus Liebe tolerable was a production -- heavily cut -- by the Salzburg Marionetten.)

  • Playwright Bob Chesley told me he once tried to have his second (or was it fourth?) grade students do the libretto of G. Schicchi as their class play. The kids adored it -- all those character parts! such personality! such … lack of virtue! but the schools’ Assistant Principal (though herself not Italian at all) yanked the show on the grounds that it defamed Italians. Dante and Puccini defame Italians. Well, that’s PC at its very lowest, huh?

  • MontyNostry

    Well, they can manage more facial movement than Renee can these days.

  • Krunoslav

    “Well, they can manage more facial movement than Renee can these days.”

    Nor are they likely to endorse watches or launch fragrances.

  • MontyNostry

    Don’t you believe it, Krunoslav.