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Provocative ad provokes, surprisingly

“But not everyone is amused. On Twitter, SarahDuggers asked: ‘Is it really po-faced and prudish to find these billboards really vulgar and not very nice?’ …. Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch-UK, said the ad was clever in itself but contributed to the hyper-sexualisation of society.” [Evening Standard]


  • The Vicar of John Wakefield says:

    That fine artist Margaret Ritchie would never have consented to appear under such circumstances.

  • Clita del Toro says:

    Well, if they had spelled it “cumming” soon, it would be better!

      • Camille says:

        Did anyone see his Macbeth at the Lincoln Center Festival this past summer?

        I would have liked to have attended but was not around at the time.

        Just curious. Wonder if he wore his cologne?

      • ianw2 says:

        Apparently he also wanted to do a shampoo range called Cumming In Your Hair but the fragrance didn’t sell.

      • Rory Williams says:

        LOL @ Manou’s Something About Mary shout-out, but … I actually would argue that Cumming was one of the best frags of the era, and would be a classic (instead of, I think, discontinued) if he or, more likely, CB had only resisted and named it something like “Uncle Angus’s Library” or “Roadside Breakdown.” And the spoofy ad campaign, wondrous as it was frag-image-wise, didn’t help. Yes, I’m stuck on vintage, but whenever I wear it people say, “What is that?” Well, OK, sometimes they say, “This is weird, but do you smell burning tires?” But who wants to wear a frag everyone gets? Clearly not Alan C. Or me!

  • Orlando Furioso says:

    Some of us decline to use that spelling under any circumstances. (For one thing, how does one spell the past tense?)

    But anyway: SarahDuggers might have gained more respect for a dissenting viewpoint had she been able to find more focused wording than “not very nice.”

    • oedipe says:

      To cum/ he has cum/ he cum, of course! Kids may prefer he cummed, though.

    • m. croche says:

      Mozart is icumen in.

      • Camille says:

        no, m., that’s summer.

        and now it’s a goin’ out.

        how were the Taipei bars?

        • m. croche says:

          Llhude sing “Camille!”

          Perhaps you’d prefer Pound:

          Winter is icumen in,
          Llhude sing Goddamn.

          Can’t say much about/for the bars, but the opera in Taipei is plentiful and cheap. Opera in mainland China is cheap, too, by American and European standards, but the tickets are often too expensive for many folks. This is not a problem around here: the most expensive shows have tickets price that top out at sixty dollars and it is precisely those shows that most appeal to the young (15-30), mostly female crowd. Free outdoor temple operas are staged a number of times a week at various points in the city. Troupes from mainland China visit every month or two. The Chiang Kai Shek memorial hall has shows 5 times a week -- with English subtitles. Two other stages, one in the older part of the city, one in the more distant Wenshan/Muzha neighborhood offer complementary programs of local, Beijing and Kun operas. Ticket prices for those shows generally top out at fifteen dollars.

    • armerjacquino says:

      Orlando, ‘not very nice’ is being used more as a figure of speech here. It’s a very old-fashioned English usage and it’s hard to pin down the exact nuance but she’s definitely using it as a three word phrase rather than suffering from a vocabulary blockage.

  • DonCarloFanatic says:

    Certain Brits are still consumed with appearing to be posh. Which means, acting the lady or gent.

    Of course the idea that Don Giovanni bothered with contraception is a joke. He evidently wasn’t worried about “the pox,” either, although come to think of it, we do know that his favorite was the “young beginner.”

    • MontyNostry says:

      The greatest irony is that Don G doesn’t even get anywhere near to coming in the course of the whole opera.

  • aulus agerius says:

    If one goes to DG expecting tittilating sensuality, disappointment ensues I’m afraid, as far as Mozart and DePonte are concerned. To me it seems mostly about power. Big surprise. The ad is a joke and misleading….par for the course.

    • RosinaLeckermaul says:

      I can’t believe they’re trotting out that godawful Rufus Norris production of DG with the Don in drag to seduce Donna Anna, among other silly notions. It’s one of the many recent ENO disasters. The production is even more tasteless than that billboard.

      • MontyNostry says:

        Apparently the new Giulio Cesare is a disaster too. Maybe it’s time for a change of management …

        • Often admonished says:

          Do not worry. John Berry can’t wait to jump ship -- as soon as something opens up close to his good friend Peter Gelb. Maybe Billingshurst will help the guy out?

  • papopera says:

    How very clever! 5 stars * * * * *
    Unlikely that the Don would ever have practiced coitus interruptus or used bowel guts.

  • Edward George says:

    Two days ago, ENO announced its “Undress for the Opera” initiative to help increase the number of under-44s in its audience. For one performance of Don Giovanni, seats are reduced to a more affordable £25. It’s a pity they didn’t mention this on the poster as both seem to be appealing to a fresh opera market.

    Shortening the web address to DONG fits in quite nicely, though.

    • MontyNostry says:

      I saw that condom poster splattered all over Waterloo station the other day. I dread to think how much that site costs. It’ll be interesting to see if the shock tactics generate any extra bums (as opposed to other bits) on seats.

      • ianw2 says:

        I don’t think ‘the kids today’ are gonna be that shocked by an open condom wrapper that they’re going to fork out an opera ticket.

        • MontyNostry says:

          You’re right. ENO is a bit ‘trendy vicar’ (as opposed to our non-trendy Vicar John).

  • Edward George says:

    It could be worth going to see the alternative ending imposed on the production as the Don is transported to the plains of Saharan Africa. Apparently “Fiery demons drag him down to Hell, and the remaining protagonists are left to moralise: sinners get their just deserts.”

    • MontyNostry says:

      Fantastic, EG. The standards of arts copywriting are pretty poor generally.

    • Regina delle fate says:

      Hehe -- the characters in the godawful Giulio Cesare get their “just deserts” by the look of the set. Plus a dead crocodile, disembowelled by Cleopatra to steal it’s eggs, and a headless giraffe.

  • A. Poggia Turra says:

    Just a reminder that the Harteros VLL is now on-demand at Arte Live Web. US listeners should be able to access without a proxy:

    • louannd says:

      Thanks APT -- no proxy needed for this one.

    • Buster says:

      Just stunning. No one sings them better.

      Mariss Jansons was supposed to conduct her VLL with the Concertgebouw Orchestra next week, but he is ill. We now get Alexandre Bloch, of whom I have never heard.

      • oedipe says:

        The irony of it is that, at Pleyel, Harteros replaced Malin Byström, who had cancelled! This reminds me of another chronic canceller who occasionally jumps in for someone else and saves the day…

      • MontyNostry says:

        I found this recording of the VLL with Price and Sawallisch the other day. Quite a combo.

        • Buster says:

          Very beautiful.

          Margaret Price sang from a score on both occasions I heard her live -- I found that very odd. She hid it in the grand piano for her Lieder recital, but for the Four Last Songs, she held it, and, at that stage of her career, needed glasses to read it.

          • armerjacquino says:

            There’s a live Price VLL under Previn where she comes spectacularly to grief in FRUHLING. At one point it sounds for all the world as if she’s singing it backwards. Maybe she adopted the score from then on!

          • Buster says:

            Was that the version you included in your quizz? Did not recognize the voice at all there.

  • tannengrin says:

    I wonder if they are going to update the production and make the Act 1 finale a la “Harry in Vegas”.

  • adina says:

    Makes Renee’s LOC Doctor Opera ads look downright ingenious.

  • echoshi says:

    This is actually one of better ones…