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There’s no place like Regie

La Cieca (not pictured) tips her hat (pictured) to the participants in our second “Regie to the Rescue” competition. So fine were two of the entries that your doyenne—who you know is something of a Liza Elliott type—worked herself into a positive tizzy trying to decide on a winner. The result, plus the return of the prodigal “Regie Quiz” feature, after the jump.  

First we have Porgy Amor‘s reworking of L’elisir in vaguely Herheimesque terms as an examination of the complicated relationship between reality and the theater:

Nemorino is an aspiring tenor who in love with the soprano in the Tristan production. Studying the libretto and score, she comments on it to the company with amusement. She is way out of his league — a polished, worldly diva who studied with legends. His voice is small, his musical education and technique second rate. He has as yet sung only comprimario roles.

Contrasting is sm‘s take on the opera buffa as a fantasia on alternative lifestyles, substance abuse and acne rosacea:

Dulcamara gives him several bottles to take and Nemorino plunges into his alcoholic ways to Adina’s fury, who says she is going to join up with the fetishist leather guy Belcore in six days.

What is there for La Cieca to do but to “keep sitting on the fence,” as the song says? A tie is declared and both these illustrious rivals will be sent the coveted Amazon.com Gift Card.

And now, cher public, get out your Regie goggles, because the Quiz has returned, and it’s mad as hell.

Remember, cher public, as always: the purpose of the Regie Quiz is to guess at the identity of the opera based on the evidence of the photographs. If you recognize the production in question, please keep quiet while others try to puzzle it out.

Netrebko photo by Ken Howard.

39 comments

  • papopera says:

    Most definitely Hadley’s Cleopatra’s Night.

  • Buster says:

    A guy in his underpants bludgeoning a little blond girl to death? Must be Schreker.

  • Ilka Saro says:

    OK. 3rd guess: Giulio Cesare?

    1. Something involving an Egyptian somehow.
    2. Tolomeo and his two-face crew of eunuchs.
    3. Son nato a lagrimar, revealing many deeper subtexts to the quiet subtlety of the duet.

  • Sir Ferris says:

    The Bassarids?

  • Cara Speme says:

    IL Guarany!

    Directed by Marta Domingo’s long lost Mexican half-sister who was raised in Dusseldorf.

  • Don_Dano says:

    Carmen
    (1) Escamillo sing the Toreador’s Song
    (2) The Mayor getting ready for the bullfight.
    (3) Children and the changing of the guard.

  • Belfagor says:

    Schreker’s ‘Die Gezeichneten’? picture 2 could be Alviano, and pic 3 the denoument maybe

    Britten’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ -- can see Oberon, mixed up lovers, rampant fairies and lots of translated Bottoms.

    or a very inventive ‘Fanciulla del West’, where Billy Jackrabbit steals the show, and the railroad comes to town in Act 3

  • danpatter says:

    I have no idea, but that’s obviously Yul Brynner in the first picture and Glenn Close in the second. Right?