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Grand undrape

Which opera company that apparently still exists has sent out a casting call for no fewer than 40 supernumeraries to appear naked in an work whose title, ironically, includes a part of the body that is generally not concealed  anyway?

  • Hippolyte

    NYCO’s “Powder her Face”?

    • armerjacquino

      So it would seem.

      Very odd to use forty extras in a one-location chamber opera with a cast of four, though!

  • The_Kid

    severely off-topic, but very enjoyable, and goes to show that operatic references still go a long way, despite naysayers:

    httpv://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300445b

  • The_Kid

    ok, that didn’t work.

    http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed300445b

    This is a paper in J Chem Educ entitled “Opera and Poison: A Secret and Enjoyable Approach To Teaching and Learning Chemistry”, and classifies operas on the basis of the poison used, from natural products, to arsenic, to the apocryphal ‘undetectable poison’!

  • Camille

    Is it that forty nude persons are required to powder her face?????

    Or is it The Nose?

    Oh well, with NYCO’s money problems they are looking to save money on costumes, so….

  • No true…It’s 30.

  • pyramus

    The first thing I thought of was “Claire’s Knee” (presumably set at a nude beach rather than a lake), until I remembered that it wasn’t an opera, and then I thought, “Well, why isn’t it an opera?” Somebody needs to get right on that.

    • armerjacquino

      Well, we already have ERNAKNEE.

      • manou

        This is such a terrible pun that I have to follow on with Benvenuto Celliknee, Don Giovaknee, Giaknee Schicchi, I Puritaknee…not forgetting Rossiknee and Pucciknee.

        • armerjacquino

          And the late, great Ettore Bastiakneeknee.

          • MontyNostry

            What about the reviled Kneeno Machaidze?

          • manou

            Magkneeficent!

          • manou

            Toscakneeknee?

          • MontyNostry

            And Thais’ admirer Kneecias. (No doubt partial to some soprano genou.)

          • MontyNostry

            But then, Thais is no ingenou(e).

          • manou

            Well -- in that vein there is also Vivica Genoux.

          • MontyNostry

            And, of course, Wagnerian soprano Roberta Knee.

          • MontyNostry

            Still, it’s a shame that legendary British songstress Patella Clark never tried her hand at opera.

          • manou

            Of course with “Toe-skin-knee-knee” you are anatomically correct, but you lose the Tosca.

          • Batty Masetto

            A louche footnote not to be read in polite company: Straussian villains Akneeknee and Ballsacky.

          • Batty Masetto

            On a more elevated note: “Tu che le vakneeta” sung by Anknee Konetzknee.

          • manou

            “Che Gelida Makneena”…

          • Batty Masetto

            Which means “my cold hand is on your knee,” right?

        • You can keep your Rossiknee so long as you leave me Belliknee.

          • manou

            What about the most frequently cast singer -- TiBiA?

          • MontyNostry

            Conducted by Fibia Luisi, of course.

        • Busy Dartay

          Not to mention I vespri Siciliaknee, among others, such as Oberto, Conte di San Bokneefacio and such

      • Rowna

        And what about Aekneeus?

        • Rowna

          How come no one here talks about Poo-chini?

      • Here I was hoping it was Gerhard Rosenfeld’s Kniefall von Warschau, which would have had the added attraction of displaying Willy Brandt’s willy.

        *******

        The more obvious Knee play:

  • tannengrin

    I thought it was about Peter Grimes. I missed the crucial ‘NOT’ in the last line.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Powder your dick?

  • Nadja Michael, discuss…….

    • MontyNostry

      Nadja Michael, warum?

      • It seemed she pops into EVERY thread here, I thought I’d just get it out of the way……

        • MontyNostry

          My question was more existential.

  • bassoprofundo

    if you shock them, they will come.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    The clue is obviously in the wording “in an work” Let’s see… operas by Anne work?

  • arepo

    Let us not forget Kneeno Machaidzknee

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  • papopera

    singing pricks??

  • redbear

    Check out what is being broadcast on http://www.sonostream.tv Friday. Those with a queasy stomach might want to wait until next month’s offering.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Love that relaxed “I’m making more than 700k” look.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor
  • Quanto Painy Fakor

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    • DonCarloFanatic

      Robber baron might be more apt. Or barbarian destroyer? Crazed Taliban? (Or would that be “Talibani”?) Puritan in full sway? Disestablishmentarian?

  • Quanto Painy Fakor
  • Quanto Painy Fakor

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    http://auctions.tigergroupllc.com/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?tigergrp65/1846