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Graeae lady

Bloomberg’s Zinta Lundborg, best known for sharing a single eye and a single tooth with Manuela Hoelterhoff, overlooked the opera on Wednesday night and instead reviewed the PR for Dark Sisters. When a man writes like this, we call it “bitchy,” so when a woman does it, can’t we call her “dickish?”  

Well, anyway, the dickish Lundborg certainly does have a good deal of PR to snipe at: for example, this stomach-churning coverage of the opera’s opening night in the Wall Street Journal, all Kanye West, Kiehl’s and Isaac Mizrahi. And, next time, maybe the WSJ’s photographer could remember to recharge her flash? The afterparty looks like it was thrown at Minnie and Roman Castevet’s apartment in the Bramford.

29 comments

  • m. croche says:

    I need help here. Following La C’s link, I read:

    “Oh boy. I mean, we weren’t expecting dancing Mormonettes, but the new opera, “Dark Sisters,” by hotshot composer Nico Muhly is so amazingly ghastly you really might want to check it out for yourself.
    Wailing onstage while looking solemnly aggrieved are five women married to the same Mormon creep. Their children have been taken from them in a police raid that is inspired by real events in Texas not so long ago. One wife breaks free, but without moaning anything memorable; her pious daughter stays behind to marry an old guy. You’d think the women might have come to some interesting insights into their lives and friendships. But they just utter platitudes in playwright Stephen Karam’s inert libretto which Muhly has outfitted with yards of anodyne music. The whole production came off like a sketch, though all the singers were good.”

    “Dickish” the review might be (I haven’t seen the opera & have no opinion on the subject), but I’m not sure it’s fair to say that Lundborg “overlooked the opera and instead reviewed the PR.” What am I missing?

    • La Cieca says:

      Maybe a bit of a stretch, true. But I think calling the composer “hotshot” in the first sentence is evidence of a chip on the shoulder.

  • operagirl40 says:

    BITCHY? DICKISH? Why not just call it CRAP?

  • Will says:

    Perhaps because none of the other professional reviews, including the one by the resident Doyenne, would come near to supporting the use of that word.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    And from the photo from the after party looks like Muhly is not going to age very well either.

  • Nerva Nelli says:

    The Joan Didion overhearing-worthy

    “Extreme religious concentration is hot right now”

    yields to the opposite of “No gay friends?”:

    “I think it has a kind of Japanese monk effect,” Mr. Muhly said, as he greeted well-wishers including the puppeteer Basil Twist, the musician Rufus Wainwright, the actor Jonathan Groff and the theater and opera director Bartlett Sher, who will stage Mr. Muhly’s new opera, “Two Boys,” during a coming season of the Metropolitan Opera.

    [snip]

    “But I went to public school, I’m just a boy from Scranton, Pa.,” ['fresh-faced' librettist Stephen Karam, 31] went on. “How did we get here? I mean Isaac Mizrahi was here. I’ve watched ‘Unzipped’ so many times my head hurts.”
    Mr. Karam, sporting a gray suit he bought at the Barneys warehouse sale, explained that “in the real world” his clothing consists of “lesbian wear.” But Mr. Muhly, who Mr. Karam described as “very fashion forward,” has been amping up his style quotient.
    “When I first met Nico, he said, ‘Girl, what are those jeans?’” Mr. Karam recalled. “They were $40 from Macy’s. “Nico has raised my game. Then again, tonight, Isaac was wearing a running suit.”

  • brooklynpunk says:

    La C:

    ..wasn’t Minnie and Roman’s apartment supposed to be in …THE DAKOTA….?

    ( or was that another Coven…?—lol!)