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Eye witnesses?

Appearances to the contrary, La Cieca can’t be everywhere at once, so she’s relying on you, cher public, to share your impressions (written, not vocal) of the Rufus Wainwright/George Steel extravaganza last night at the World Financial Center. (Extra points for the use of the word “travertine.”)

  • brooklynpunk

    Both George and Rufus were flying REAL HIGH last night…(I thought Rufus was supposed to be “clean and serene ” these days…oh, well….)

    To start the festivities off…Mr. Steel was SO chirpily “happy to be here…and so happy to be the person IN CHARGE OF THE NEW YORK CITY OPERA” Steel was also gushing over the giddy news that “Our Company is leaving the TRAVERTINE ( I could SWEAR HE SAID ‘MAUSOLEUM”) Campus of Lincoln Center…( for parts yet to be announced)--AND THEN…announced he was so proud that NYCO would be presenting Wainwright’s “Prima Donna”…(DRUM-ROLL, PLEASE…..) at a time AND PLACE TO BE…very SHORTLY ANNOUNCED (aww—the suspense was killing the crowd-most of whom seemed not to be aware of the situation REALLY GOING ON in those travertine halls uptown….

    The one fashion advice I will offer Rufus is..PLEASE…DO NOT WEAR short-shorts with a tux.,again..--You DO NOT have the legs to pull that look off……!!!

    …also.. for some one who bills himself as being “so opera-friendly’knowledgeable”.. the next time you introduce a singer doing “O, don Fatale”..PLEASE learn what that title MEANS…instead of saying “it’s about some …ummmm…. awww…FATAL??…mess….?”…AND…CORNELL MCNEIL did not AS FAR as I can recall.. refer to himself as “Kernal”…

    ..oh…BTW… the three excerpts from “Prima Donna” sounded harmless enough….

  • brooklynpunk

    ….actually, my initial impressions of the music we heard from “Prima Donna” was pretty positive…except sort of tempered by the extreme oddity …and slightly creepy vibes of the evening in general……..

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  • brooklynpunk

    It was also cool to see Laura Vlasak Nolen perform…in the afore mentioned” O don fatale” and the Carmen “Seguidilla”… although … The Winter Garden.. a wonderful public space…and fine for modern music … is not a very flattering venue for even the best of singers

    When Rufus sung two of his older songs… he actually sounded fine, himself…

  • Quanto Painy Fakor
    • Quanto Painy Fakor
      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        Reserved for City Opera

      • manou

        And to think I always believed that a travertine was a man wearing women’s clothes, and a limestone was a doped Englishman…

        • Batty Masetto

          Would “en travertine” be the appropriate term for the increasingly chilly Garanca as Oktavian?

          Or just any role as done by Renee Fleming these days?

          • Quanto Painy Fakor

            Tu, che di travertine sei cinta.
            Or La cieca’s famous aria: voce di travertine”

  • tannengrin

    Travesty treads on the travertine! Fronds frown at frilly froth! Steel beams!

  • Porpora

    While I could not attend, I just spoke with my 89 year old neighbor -- a spry gentleman who sang on B’way in the 50’s and 60’s -- who sees everything and is a patron of NYCO. Not missing a thing, he noticed that the NYCO orchestra was handing out leaflets outside in concert dress which made it clear what was happening behind the scenes. Of the evening? He thought Rufus was trying hard to be a nightclub entertainer and failing. The singers? Ok. Rufus’ aria and opera? He wouldn’t pay to see it.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    NUCO Chairman’s challenge end tomorrow email:

    “Dear Friend,
    There is still time to make your gift count!
    The Chairman’s Challenge is well on its way to helping New York City Opera meet its fundraising goal this year, but to cross the finish line, we need your help!

    Please consider making a gift on or before June 30, 2011, and help City Opera begin a new era of service to the city whose name we so proudly bear. Please make a gift today.

    Thank you!
    From all of us at New York City Opera”

  • brooklynpunk
  • For those of you who are wondering what Wainwright was wearing last night for this concert, I did manage to find a photo.


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      • brooklynpunk

        if ONLY Rufus’s gams came close to being as attractive as either of the above pics..last night’s show would have been much more enjoyable…..!

  • Leave it to the “Steel Peer” to use an adjective that describes what’s on the outside of Lincoln Center while ignoring what’s on the inside.

    Perhaps Miss Travertine Price will offer to auction off her vast collection of turbans to aid the ailing NYCO.

    Stella Maria Krazelberg von und zu Brabant

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    I’m just glad that Wainwright and Peter Sellars can’t have a love child together.

    • A. Poggia Turra

      Maybe the love child would look like this:


  • A. Poggia Turra

    Maybe the love child would look like this (compliments of the MorphThing site):


  • A. Poggia Turra
  • That Guy

    The previous reviews are accurate. The 4 opera singers did a fine job, although they weren’t miked using equipment appropriate for opera singers so the sound from further back in the cavernous space was pretty poor and the programming seemed thrown together (why didn’t they ask Steve Blier for help?!?)

    I actually like Wainwright’s music for his opera, and I prefer it to most of what passes for ‘contemporary opera’, although the text isn’t very sophisticated.

    My only other thought is that Rufus Wainwright should NOT SPEAK IN PUBLIC AGAIN. EVER!