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  • Camille

    Isn’t Eliogabalus one of the operas the marvelous Mr. DeCaffarrelli reviewed a few months ago, the one by Cavalli? That does look mighty interesting.

    Oh god, I remember that issue of parterre box and still have it.
    Tempus fugit.

  • Will

    Considering all the abuse that NYCO has had thrown at it on this site, I think it very generous of the company to be one of the sponsors of the month. Welcome to a beleaguered company, betrayed and plundered by those who should have been its leaders and protectors, that’s fighting the good fight to survive.

  • pavel

    Who is that in the photo on Gotham’s site? If he’s a real singer, then we’ve reached new heights of shirtless-worthiness.

  • Nerva Nelli

    I assume that’s a model, but Christopher Ainslie, in the Cavalli cast, is a counterhunkentenor:

    Sang and acted quite well, to, in AMADIGI in Central City.

    • damekenneth

      I was at a recent benefit evening for Gotham Opera. In addition to a private screening of the movie Quartet, which was worth it only really for the presence (and too little of it) of my beloved Dame Gwyneth, they presented a few brief excerpts from Eliogabalo sung by Christopher Ainslie and one of the sopranos from the cast. Mr. Ainslie was comely of both voice and visage, cuts an elegant stage figure, and delivered a very finished product of an interpretation in his brief scenes. Lovely voice, with just a tad of strain on top, excellent Italian language sense and ability to make alive that style of music which, like Monteverdi, is rather heavy in recitative and arioso style melody. I was extremely impressed with him. His casting in this is a real coup for Gotham. (The soprano, by contrast, was kind of a “why” singer. As in “why bother?”)

  • Ilka Saro

    It’s interesting the way countertenors are becoming the sexiest guys on the stage. Harkening back to the mythic charms of “i musici”.

  • la vociaccia

    OT, but I just found this video of Monastyrska singing Santo Di Patria

    • Astonishing.

      • la vociaccia

        Needless to say, she’s fierce as all hell in this

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Wonderful indeed -- and that was only a competition. Here’s more from the same (Quanto loves her!)

      Notice her interesting placement here and the arpegiandi played by two cimbalom

    • MontyNostry

      Why does she do that staccato coloratura thing? She did the same when she sang Macbeth in London. Is it in the score or a little idiosyncracy of hers?

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        Yes, the notes are marked staccato in the first and later editions of the published scores

        • MontyNostry

          Aha. Thank you.

  • MontyNostry

    Also OT, but Jessye doesn’t seem to know her Donizetti from her Verdi (listen at about 7’00”) I know neither was ever really her rep, but …

    • Whoops! And I think she refers to the sextet as the septet. Still, it’s a great interview — thanks for sharing. I prefer this interview to the interview portions of the film made about her a few years ago. Too bad about the editing that repeats a few sections.

      • MontyNostry

        I must watch the whole interview. The first section was very interesting -- but that blooper did stop me in my tracks.

  • Speaking of bloopers, the City Opera is presenting ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by that well-known composer Benjamin Bitten.

    • MontyNostry

      … twice shy.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    I wonder what this woman sounds like without the electronic enhancements

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Kathy Gifford does Nabucco!
    When not out with Woz or entertaining the masses:

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

  • Ilka Saro

    I am puzzled by the grotesque image that was used in Gotham Opera’s publicity for Eliogabalo. It is still the weblink banner image, and I got a postcard advertising the show with this same ugly picture of a sort of cretinous ogre with bad teeth. I suppose I am supposed to look at this and think “hmm, erotic depravity” or something. But I don’t. Seems like a misfire. The image seems to have been removed from their website. Hmm.

    • m. p. arazza

      It’s the prices that I find more off-putting…

      Standing Room w/ Stage View $50.00

      Video Lounge Standing NO STAGE VIEW $30.00

      Next thing you know the Met will be selling tickets to view the opera on the TV screen in List Hall.

      • Camille

        Don’t give them any ideas. Or watching the TV monitor by the Box Office!

      • Jamie01

        Those prices are rather steep. Is there also a two drink minimum?

      • brooklynpunk

        Gotham Opera prices have been the ONLY reason that I have NEVER gotten to see this Company, in works that I was otherwise very eager to hear/see

        VERY VERY EXPENSIVE..for the size of the House…