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Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops.

Actually, the “Extremely Fit Men” are courtesy of director Francesca Zambello, who could find a way to shoehorn beefcake into Sense and Sensibility.

  • “Actually, the “”Extremely Fit Men” are courtesy of director Francesca Zambello, who could find a way to shoehorn beefcake into Sense and Sensibility.”

    I’m sorry La Cieca but are you saying that as a “bad thing”?????

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    • operaassport

      Who is that yummy man? What a way to wake up …

      • manou

        Elliot Cowan.

  • papopera

    I thought I had mastered English, but what does “shoehorn beefcake” mean ? Merci.

    • Here’s the google translation: «Chausse-pied Beefcake” -- I’m guessing that doesn’t help.

    • grimoaldo

      It means “find some way of forcing beefy muscular hunks into the mise-en-scene of whatever opera, play, etc. the director is doing at the moment no matter how seemingly inappropriate.”

    • lorenzo.venezia

      “shoehorn” in this usage is a verb, not a noun.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Here, from the new opera, is the principal aria “The Abs of the Ranger are Upon You!”

  • It seems like a peculiar obsession for a lesbian. Just sayin’.

    • operaassport

      A new twist on “penis envy?”

  • sfmike

    “Director Francesca Zambello…could find a way to shoehorn beefcake into Sense and Sensibility” is my favorite new line. Thank you.

  • Vecchio John

    Those shorts are way too short for the era. Knee length at least with long woollen socks. And the squaddies would never have abs like that on British Army rations.

    • ianw2

      …there are shorts in that picture?

  • operaassport

    Almost makes you want to be Robert Mugabe with a machete!

    Of course, who among us wouldn’t sign up to play a native in order to be roughed up by a set of those abs?

    • Nerva Nelli

      “Northern Rhodesia in 1963!”

      I have been meaning to ask if this opera is co-sponsored by SOLDIER OF FORTUNE magazine.

  • operagirl40

    When I look at that picture, I think, “Who on EARTH is manning the 1-900 numbers???

  • Donna Carlo

    The tops look quite hot, but the bottoms are squalid.

  • Dawn Fatale

    These Thomas Hampson exercise videos are gonna be great!

  • tannengrin

    It’s the new motto for the armed forces: Do ask! And sing!

  • zinka

    La Cieca thinks we do not recognize the guy as Richard Simmons.

  • zinka

    No WONDER we are still in Iraq…..All those military pornos…they have no time to fight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!