Headshot of La Cieca

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  • irontongue: She sounds like crap in the video. Too bad, it does look like an interesting production. 5:03 PM
  • almavivante: What cruel costume designer compelled that poor woman to wear that thing? It’s almost as... 5:03 PM
  • Jamie01: That’s some impressive side boob at 0:34. 5:02 PM
  • overstimmelated: But wasn’t Netrebko at one point expected to sing the Countess in the opening night... 4:50 PM
  • Buster: And Michael gets great reviews – a warm, well-focussed soprano, soaring over the orchestra,... 4:37 PM
  • uwsinnyc: True- but nowhere as sparky as it is now, especially given the escalating turmoil in the region and... 4:33 PM
  • mountmccabe: The topic was controversial when they were creating the opera. I can’t imagine that he... 4:29 PM
  • uwsinnyc: They say hindsight is 20/20. Ignoring the merits of the opera for a minute, I wonder if Adams knew... 4:04 PM
  • tiger1: Wow, it looks great! Pity it will not be filmed. 3:47 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: The same people who go on and on about being bigoted are the ones who cry feminism... 3:24 PM

Spinning chorus

katharina_spider“Her gal-pal friends play with what look like the tails of exotic serpents and keep huge spiders as pets. I was not exactly sure what this all meant. Still, the kids squealed with delight.” No more delighted than La Cieca was when she realized that Katharina Wagner has finally caught up to Mary Zimmerman in the use of oversized arachnidae in operatic Regie! [NY Times]

36 comments

  • BETSY_ANN_BOBOLINK says:

    Geez, it’s almost the end of the firs week of August. Isn’t it about time for Gelb to announce who will be conducting Opening Night?

  • MontyNostry says:

    A Wagnerian heroine whose friends keep spiders? Rather than Elisabeth, surely it should be Senta — it’s her pals who sing a spinning song.

  • manou says:

    Je pars quelques jours en France et a mon retour je vois qu’il y en a toujours parmi nous qui ont une araignée dans le plafond…

    • Baltsamic Vinaigrette says:

      Bien revenu, manou -- and I’m afraid that Britain (well, Wales anyway) has been falling to pieces in your absence. For the second year running, Bryn has to cancel his festival:

      http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/terfels-festival-cancelled_1156991

      Poor sales. Alas, not even Arachne could put a creative spin on this story. Bryn is a draw, so it must be doen to location, location, location…

      • manou says:

        Merci BV -- I also had the privilege to read “Enrique Iglesias Water-Skis Naked” from the link you gave……don’t all rush: no photos.

  • orfeoedeuridice says:

    A bit out of subject but the Met’s HD Rondine will be on DVD soon!

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    Meanwhile, Tony (yes traveling at the TIMES’ expense, are you kidding?) is at his exercise:

    “The tenor Jeffrey Dowd brought a robust voice to the title role and looked endearing in his ragtag shirt and dingy jeans.”

    Maybe TT should do some Grace Ann-like boundary crashing and sing Venus next time around. Can you Photoshop that, Cieca?