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Victory, of a sort

The annual Duke of York’s Picturehouse Eurovision Party, which is apparently a gay institution in Brighton, is pre-empted this year because of demand for tickets for the Met’s HD of Die Walküre. [BBC News] (Voigt photo: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)


  • il_guarany says:

    Either the insanest spin ever, or we must be dealing with very different demographics between the HD audiences in Brighton and downtown Toronto.

    • il_guarany says:

      Ah, I get it now. The party was cancelled because the cinema is hosting Die Walküre instead -- not because the demand for a competing event took the wind out of the Eurovision sails.

  • messa di voce says:

    “It’s a different crowd”

    I think not.

    • hochstelust says:

      I would imagine it’s a very different crowd considering, from my experience, the fact that 90% of people attending those broadcasts are over the age of 70.

  • armerjacquino says:

    Any excuse.

    • Chanterelle says:

      Is Malena Ernman the only “crossover artist” (loathe the term) in Eurovision? Is she even competing this year? Her 2009 number was a hoot — and her Dido at Opera Comique (being repeated next year) was very moving.

  • tannengrin says:

    I assume that that is a ‘real’ production photo, and all of a sudden Lepage’s concept makes sense….

    • La Cieca says:

      You will note two characters referenced in the third act of Wagner’s music drama: Sintolt der Giggling and Wittig den Squirming.

    • Lady Bracknell says:

      No, really — is that what we’re in for tomorrow afternoon? Brünnhilde and Fosse dancers?

      • SF Guy says:

        It looks like Lepage has restored the scene from Act 3 (wisely cut by Wagner after the tryout run in Liegzig) where Brunhilde tests Valhalla-wannabes for coordination and endurance by leading them in a vigorous round of Dance Aeorbics.

  • A. Poggia Turra says:

    Was the Regie quiz a day early? This could be a cross-dressing Zauberflote, with Tamina posing with the Three Boys (plus a fourth, as an added bonus)!

    • schweigundtanze says:

      No, it’s clearly Turandot set in the baths. The bitter old queen is flanked here by her usuals: Ping, Pang, Pong, and Dong.

      • Clita del Toro says:

        Is someone hinting that after the Ring, Debbie will be singing at the baths?

  • Maury D says:

    I hope DV sees this photo. I can’t help but think she’d find it hilarious.

  • Harry says:

    Reminds one of those old posed Victorian photos for World War 1 army recruitment that our beloved Vicar would know about, meant to save England inspired with Boudica leading the charge. The captions usually reading ‘Be a man and join up now’.
    When are we going to see a regie Ring where Brunhilde ‘brings on the all dancing -- high kicking boys. Perhaps it could be explained away she recruited a few ‘that were just wounded’ that she was supposed to take to Valhalla dead.

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  • Melot's Younger Brother says:

    So many new operas are based on films these days. Why not this one?