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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Here is the version of the Kinghoffer sisters’ statement as published in the JTA.... 11:07 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Actually, when one understands how difficult it can be for people who are not used to... 10:59 PM
  • Satisfied: Apparently the protesters got bored and left halfway through, I hardly heard a peep in the second... 10:37 PM
  • mirywi: . I don’t see how protest that led to censorship has anything to do with making opera relevant. 10:24 PM
  • Bill: Zinka – well Gertrude Grob-Prandl did not make alot of commercial recordings and was a fine... 9:43 PM
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  • brahseph: The booing was louder for Wilson’s Lohengrin :) Btw it sounded like the disruptor tonight was... 9:08 PM
  • Satisfied: Surpassingly, very little ruckus so far. Some shouts during musical pauses, but nothing... 9:01 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Just to put that in context, this was just published by the Wall Street... 8:59 PM
  • philomel: And there it is. A man is yelling “The murderer of Klinghoffer will never be forgiven!R... 8:45 PM

Regie to the Rescue! (A new competition)

La Cieca has always, against all odds, maintained that if there is one expression that best describes the mind of the average member of the cher public, that would be “plus vive que l’oiseau, plus prompte que l’éclair.” As such, it is only fitting that Mignon, by dear Ambroise Thomas, should inaugurate our latest brain-tickling quiz here at parterre.com.

The idea, my dears, is not one of La Cieca’s but rather the inspiration of Our Own Camille, who writes,

Boris and I were just now discussing the problem of the opera Mignon (which recording I just now purchased–Stevens-MET.) He was asking me what the problem was/is, to which I responded “I dunno, Regie to the rescue.”

He immediately said that this sounds like a new game for parterre…

And there you have it, cher public: your competition. In the comments section below, you are to devise a Regie scenario for Mignon, the more detail the better, with the goal of making the opera as lively and entertaining as the text and music will allow. The best attempt at fulfilling this tall order (as judged by La Cieca’s blue ribbon panel of experts) will win a coveted Amazon.com Gift Card.

All entries must be date-stamped prior to midnight on Tuesday, August 28, and the decision of your doyenne’s panel is, as always, utterly final.

55 comments

  • Buster says:

    Don’t know the opera well enough to try, Camille, but I love the suggestions that were posted thus far a lot. Great idea!

    I am sure I only have this aria from it, by Elisabeth Grümmer:

    The early Titania recording by Hélène Cals is interesting too: