The truth, at last: “By Manuela Hoelterhoff and Zinta Lundborg” [Bloomberg]
I suspect that this was a mad-lib review, which would indeed require the services of two scribes: Manuela repeatedly requesting “Don Carlo character” and “adjective”, Zinta obliging amidst peals of laughter…
Well … this isn’t really a review, it’s more of an old-fashioned society mag ditty where it’s told where all the important people will “be” on a certain night. I thought this kind of snobby scribble was a thing of the past, but I guess not. A lot of it is funny though in its old-fashioned snobbery. “Rich patrons”? “Sack of cash”? “Prettier dress”? I was just waiting for her to say “Miss _________ was seen on the arm of Mr. _________, setting the society abuzz with rumors of a romantic attachment.”
Correct, it seems to be a portmanteau column with all sorts of tidbits that Zinta and Manuela contributed. Manuela is Zinta’s editor, so it is a joint effort. I have the Magnolia Bakery Cookbook now and feel an urge to go there and get some cupcakes since they plugged that bakery in that column. Since the Met isn’t calling me to replace Netrebko in that “Traviata”, no need to keep the girlish figure…
Totally Off Topic.
A16 year old BOY Sopranist sings the “Queen of the Night Aria” amazingly well:
Yikes! Bruce Lee lives!
Holy wobble, Batman.
I imagine that this is what Florence Foster Jenkins heard in her head.
The coloratura aside, that’s what Florence Foster Jenkins’ audiences heard too.
Yes -- it does sound like cats fighting in a dustbin.
and back at Family Pondman:
I have to report that Lundborg has been excised (circumcised?) from the initial review :
(also I do not remember Alagna described as “looking fabulous in puffy 16th-century shorts, doublet and boots” in the original two-hander)
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