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What the frock

“Joined by Maestro Kohn, Ms. Gheorghiu was a vision of couture fit for the cover of Vogue. Wearing a long flowing salmon gown with a long train gathered by a dazzling rosette in the waist, Gheorghiu entered the hall to an adoring public transfixed by her glamorous presence. Let’s face it, when people fall in love with a true diva, the music sometimes becomes secondary.” This is La Cieca’s kind of arts journalism!

36 comments

  • Bluessweet says:

    Re: THE PICTURE:

    More airbrush than Angela

  • Chanterelle says:

    Whoa — this guy actually passed freshman composition?

    • jeepgerhard says:

      my favorite part of his “review” is: “In Mozart’s aria “Giunse alfin il momento…Deh vieni no tardar” the voice began to ellude to the full capacity of Gheorghiu’s instrument.” Huh?
      JG

  • Clita del Toro says:

    What a meager concert. I’d want my money back! Why bother? Quelle Princesse!

    • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

      The thing is that they (the singers and the presenters) think it’s more than enough these days perform so little in a recital or a concert. In the old days encores were planned, but not as the final group of the published program.

  • rapt says:

    Not to criticize, but I think the author meant, not “Ombra mai fui,” but “Ombra mai pfui.”

  • casualoperafan says:

    Although I personally am completely immune to Angie Fairy Dust I have to applaud the genius of someone who manages to create such an aura for her events -- that is her true talent.

    But what really boggles my mind is that I have never personally heard a Gheorghiu performance (and from the reviews, neither has anyone else) in which there weren’t musical lapses, memory glitches, unsynchronized rhythms or other completely amateurish problems.

    Given that these engagements are so lightweight, mostly of things she has been doing for years, why can’t she just learn them once and for all? Even tho the music is “Secondary” is it THAT much of an effort?

  • casualoperafan says:

    This review had me laughing out loud -- very funny!!!

  • FragendeFrau82 says:

    I think this same guy wrote a review of something Jonas sang (Faust? recital?) that was so ridiculously over the top and poorly written even I was embarrassed. ;-)

  • manou says:

    Here is another review

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/curtain-up/2012/mar/4/angela-gheorghiu-dazzles-washington-national-opera/

    which also makes a contribution to the title translation debate elsewhere.

    • brooklynpunk says:

      I guess this gent ran out of steam…or lost his translating dictionary when he got to “O mio babbino caro” …..LOL…..!!!

      (btw, manou-- “The Washington Times” is one of the more dubious journalistic enterprises , in this Country.. it sort of makes “The Telegraph”..or even “The NYPost” out to be models of liberal integrity, in comparason..!

      • manou says:

        Thanks for the information, brooklyn -- I did not know that!

      • Batty Masetto says:

        Apparently the Washington Times also believes in Photoshopping sopranos, most notably their armpits. I thought that was the sole preserve of La Cieca?

  • casualoperafan says:

    Now that you mention it that IS one strangely posed photograph!

    Why on earth would they use it for publicity is beyond me.

    • oedipe says:

      This would have been more fun, I suppose. But less glamour…
      Mom, dad and daughters:

      http://www.imagup.com/data/1145698291.html

    • aulus agerius says:

      I wouldn’t know for sure but I venture to guess it’s the same reason that had Wenarto pose his backup trio in the Habanera clip in similar poses. Personally I thought it was absolutely fabulous and worthy or repeated viewing!!! Even with the erotic element completely missing I think AG has very nicely shaped upper arms.