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miami_beach_thumbWhat a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in a postmodern epoch-bending variation. What if, this staging asks, Manon were to survive her various torments and travails? What would her life be like at, say, age 60? And what if, instead of hanging around mosquito-ridden Louisiana, she invested in a condo in Miami Beach (circa 1975)? 

Well, now we know.

  • BETSY_ANN_BOBOLINK

    Has Licia Albanese seen this?

  • operaspike

    Holy Mary Mother of God and all the Saints in Heaven…I thought Tammy Fae Baker had come back to life and was living the diva life all over again in South Beach.

    • DonCarloFanatic

      It’s Boca, darling.

  • NYCOQ

    Is that Carol Vaness?

    • richard

      I thought it looked a bit like Vaness too. But she’s pushing 60 at this point.

      • Simon Blackmouth

        I’m sorry, but she looks nothing like Vaness.

      • peter

        She looks like a cross between Carol Vaness and Totie Fields.

    • Before the camera zoomed in, she looked a bit like Vaness to me. But it’s clearly not.

  • MontyNostry

    She might look like Mae West in Myra Breckiridge, but I’ve heard much more famous sopranos do a less impressive job on that aria. I rather like her voice.

  • ilpenedelmiocor

    Completely off topic: my copy of Opera News arrived today, and I want to have Philippe Jordan’s babies.

  • I want to sing under him. And I’m sure he could make me sing loud and long.

    • ilpenedelmiocor

      The interview indicates that he’s into silence (“Silence is very healing. It centers you.”), so probably best to put a lid on it. But yeah, I would do just about anything under him to get him centered.

    • OpinionatedNeophyte

      Looks like a long lost offspring of Mitt Romney to me. But on the positive side, y’all could share.

      • WindyCityOperaman

        Oh, he’s cute and everything. I think he looks like Steve Carell.

  • oedipe

    As per Google search, the director of the Bucharest “Manon Lescaut” is:
    Anda Tabacaru-Hogea

  • drtymrtini

    That poor wig is all skanked up

  • mark

    Had to consult my old programmes on this one, but this looked familiar, the wig that is. And turns out to have been sported by exactly the same person (Mariana Colpos) while on tour with the Moldovan National Opera in the UK in 1998.

    Well there had been quite a Norma drought at that point in London, so you had to head to the provinces for such things back then. Hence a rather cold february night in Bournemouth.