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  • m. croche: “[Chairs are} a European thing” This is a joke, right? Chinese opera traditionally... 6:07 PM
  • Salome Where She Danced: I have never seen Jessye’s tear gutter so pronounced as on this intriguing... 5:19 PM
  • LT: His repertoire isn’t what I usually listen. That explains it. 4:05 PM
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  • LT: Why they keep kissing her ass is beyond me. I had to google the male winner. Never heard of him. 3:55 PM
  • manou: OperaAwards Readers’ Award are Jonas Kaufmann and Aleksandra Kurzak! 3:43 PM
  • manou: Anja Harteros is not with us, so her acceptance speech will be delivered by a bichon frisé wearing the... 3:41 PM
  • Kassandra: Are there any parterrians attending this years Salzburg Whitsun Festival? (22-25/5) It would be... 3:28 PM
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Garden variety

Kasper Holten, director of the hunkalicious film Juan as well as current artistic director of Royal Danish Opera, will succeed Elaine Padmore as director of opera at the Royal Opera House starting next year. [The Stage]

49 comments

  • oedipe says:

    Ah, the irony of the random juxtaposition of topics! Here we were, discussing Bieito’s Entfuehrung and the unmasking -through Regie- of the victimization and subordination of 18th century women, even when they were being “saved” by men. And what do I see next? Life supersedes art! With all the carefully thought out violence and scatological detail, Bieito still has a hard time competing in terms of shock value with the true story of the well-connected, highly successful, “hunky” Kasper Holten, who decides to dump his dying wife for a new look-alike in better condition. Talk about the victimization of women!
    Now let’s see how the “modern”, “feminist” solutions suggested in the previous thread for Konstanze would apply in the case of Holten’s wife (abandoned to die by herself): she could get therapy; she could “do what she wants”; or she could commit suicide…Other liberated, modern suggestions, anyone?

  • iltenoredigrazia says:

    If a thousand years from now some archaeologist discovers a transcript of some of these sessions and he/she doesn’t know what we meant by “opera,” he/she would have no idea that singing was involved. How would these differ from equivalent blogs on theatre or movies?