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A Waltz Dream

Two time Oscar winner and Quentin Tarantino muse Christoph Waltz is branching out into opera direction, helming a new Rosenkavalier in a production to premiere at the Vlaamse Opera in December and, in 2016, to travel to London’s Royal Opera where his Marschallin will be Renée Fleming. (Image based on a photo by Ken Howard.) [Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung]

158 comments

  • blanchette says:

    I hear that Manou- if this had been bp’s very first post perhaps readers would have taken less offense- it does get wearing- I just felt a bit perverse…anyway, basta, xxxx

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    We have been though all of this before. I’ve been talking about Waltz doing his first opera for months here. It’s great news… but by 2016 the Marschallin might also be a cacklepuss What’s the heterosexual equivalent of puer sennex syndrome when the puer is a transvestite?.

    • marshiemarkII says:

      Quanto, bad gurl!, are you suggesting she’ll go from La Scoopenda to La Cacklenda three years time? :-) :-) :-)
      (But La Cacklenda is already taken)

      • Camille says:

        Who, pray tell, would be La Cacklenda?

        It’s all right for QPF to use ‘Cacklepuss’, as he has more than earned the right to judge and also originated this dubious sobriquet, warranted, though, as it may very well be. The rest of us should probably mind our P’s and Q’s, until the cackling stops, as it shall. Some day. One day. Any day now.

        • marshiemarkII says:

          Provocateur or Provocatrice?
          :-) :-) :-)

          • Camille says:

            Toujours provocatrice, comme toujours l’amour!

            Okay, I’ll leave this one lay on the shelf.

            Bom dia, MMIItm, and stay out of Jackson Heights as it could be bad for your health and TACKY, too! Tierra de Ugly Betty! Ugh.

          • marshiemarkII says:

            But MMII looooves tackiness, that’s why she is going back one more time to see that hypertacky Rigoletto, this Saturday :-)
            Actually I want to check out the Grigolo, I know it won’t be the glorious Piotr vocally, but I want to see those looks :-)
            Any parterrians going?

            CammiB, it’s not the Colombians that interest MMII La Fea in Jackson Heights, that was in the 90s…..remember Lucho’s? never went, but it was a de rigeur for Latin queens of the time.
            But now it’s the new wave……

          • marshiemarkII says:

            Think that we should ™ La Cacklenda?

          • Camille says:

            MarshieMtm—

            The heart wants what the heart wants….

            Are you really going to bother to see Grigoletto? Waste of time, I’d say. I’s rather you busies yourself with that letter to Anna, but you know your social calendar and the probability of another star-crossing with AN, so…I will close my cacklepuss on that item.

            Of course it must be tm’d but it is not quite up there with Cacklepuss, which is truly inspired, if malheureusement, true.

          • marshiemarkII says:

            Oh unfortunately the Grigoletto (as was the sub-par La Traviata of two weeks ago) is part of the social calendar, not MMII heart’s wish. The last true heart’s wish was the Faust! but you gotta do what you gotta do right? It doesn’t hurt that I’ll get to see the fabledly gorgeous Vittorio, finally. He probably won’t be all that great shakes! There are probably better ones in Jackson Heights! :-)
            I really want to provide you (and Vally) with that link to the Gay 80s, but somehow it doesn’t allow me to post it. The post just vanishes…..

          • La Valkyrietta says:

            Jackson Heights is a lacuna in my New York escapades, and I certainly have been to many hidden corners of the city. I was documenting myself about it and it does have many historic landmarks. I should explore it. I know I have been under Jackson Heights as I read it is crossed bt the E and the F trains, and I have used those for one purpose or another at various times. I know I have gone to Jamaica, but that is not in Jackson Heights. I also went to the New York World’s Fair decades ago to see Michelangelo’s Pieta with a different lighting than in Rome. There must be something special in Jackson Heights that has escaped me. A restaurant with good arepas? A movie house with treats besides pop corn? I hope Jackson Heights is better than Yonkers. Hello Dolly apart, Yonkers does not catch my fancy.

          • Bianca Castafiore says:

            Jackson Heights, Queens, as well as its sister Elmhurst, has some of the BESTEST restaurants in NYC — if you are into being adventurous and explore new things. In addition to the Latin American community (not just Central but also South American — so there’s all sorts of Mexican, Salvadoran, Ecuadorean, Colombian and Argentinian eateries), there’s a large South Asian community — thus not only Indian and Punjabi restaurants, but also Tibetan/Nepalese; and there are pockets of Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos, so restaurants serving those communities out there are much more authentic. If you are adventurous and like to explore… Also, some very good Korean and Chinese restaurants.

          • La Valkyrietta says:

            Bianca,

            Merci. I should explore the Heights. When the talk goes to ethnic restaurants, I think of that Seinfeld episode where he convinces his Pakistani friend to change his restaurant to Pakistani :) . Joking aside, the weather is propitious to a Jackson Heights leisure walk. “Je marche sur tous les chemins!”

          • marshiemarkII says:

            Bingo!, that’s my gurl Bianca! that’s why I lover her!!! Punjabi Indian is the reason why MMII absolutely needs, and must, make her way to Jackson Heights prontisssssimo, like tomorrow night (uggggh forgot Grigoletto :-) )
            I understand there is a cinema where they show Bollywood movies and that offers more than popcorn, is that true?
            Love all things Latin!, but for that there is plenty in Manhattan.

          • marshiemarkII says:

            Vally! we must check it out together :-)

          • La Valkyrietta says:

            It is cloudy today, but what a coincidence, in channel 51 they just took a #7 train from Grand Central to Jacson Heights, showed the neighborhood a little and in an Indian Diner they had some food and showed part of the process to prepare Tandori chicken. :)

          • La Valkyrietta says:

            Sorry, tandoori.

            They are showing the Indian neighborhood. Patel Brothers. A huge zucchini. Sucking mangoes. They say it is the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in the US. Now they are doing Nepalese cuisine…

          • manou says:

            Rullavano i tandoori…

          • Camille says:

            MMIItm + LaVal—

            Go to BIG Cinemas on East 59th Street to see and hear Indian films! You need never leave Manhattan. It is also the venue which hosts the Opera in Cinema and Ballet in Cinema series—that is how I happened to notice it, while shopping across the street at the dearly beloved and now demised Pierre Deux. Their telephone number is (212) 371-6683 to enquire after their schedule. Their Chai is excellent, not too spicey, and warming to body and soul on cold winter days. I have seen two openings of La Scala from my seat there but no Punjabi movies, although the titles of some of them are inadvertently hysterical.

            Go to the 74th Street stop for Patel Brothers excellent mangos and cheap produce, spices, etc., more importanly, dozens of Indian jewel shoppes where there are tons of beautiful sparkling gems. A treasure trove. I haven’t been for years now but you fellows bring it back to mind. No Tiffany yellow diamonds, unfortunately! I have heard tell of that Indian theatre in Jackson Heights but never been.

            Love,
            Camille

      • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

        Cacklepus © ™ Marca registrata

        • Baltsamic Vinaigrette says:

          And to think you decided to go with a single “s” in the end. Cruèl!

        • marshiemarkII says:

          Look what hath you wrought CammiB!
          :-0

          • Camille says:

            Yes, I’m checking into the Betty Ford Clinic to see if I may be cured of my addiction.

            Progress report to be following….

            In the meantime, walk softly and carry a big baton in Jackson Heights.

          • marshiemarkII says:

            You can’t check on the Betty Ford carisssssima CammiB, because they’d take your ipad away, and we would be deprived of your contributions, we already miss la Clitissssima so much, imagine without you? Loveya!

            Last night, after I left the office at 7:30 was on my way to Jackson Heights, and voila Columbia is under total lock-down, there was a suspicious package at the subway station, and the entire campus was locked-down, and I was stranded on the corner of 120th and Broadway for 45 minutes, unable to go backwards or forwards. So much for Jackson Heights…….it’s just not meant to happen CammiB!

          • scifisci says:

            marshie, it actually turned out to be an elderly lady who forgot her bag on a bench I believe. Thank heavens I left campus a bit early yesterday, otherwise I would have never made it to the uchida recital at carnegie on time!

          • marshiemarkII says:

            Wow scifisci, thanks! so that’s what it was, I figured it was nothing, after they cleared everything of course, but by then I was too frustrated to do anything! and today I absolutely need to be at gym, in Times Square!!!!!! and pretty terrified, as there are rumors the guy is already either in NYC or Washington, uffff…… we should all be very careful until this all clears, with hopefully minimum loss.

        • Camille says:

          Goodness, Maestro QPF, what happened to the Puss?
          It all ran to Pus all of a sudden.
          Enquiring minds want to know which is the correct Marca Registrata, please!

          • marshiemarkII says:

            Actually caro Quanto, I am utterly curious about th etymology of “puss” is it related to feline things, or mouth things? is the correct synonym “cacklemouth” or “cacklecat”? or is there another one?

  • shoegirl says:

    It smacks of great risk. It could be a great run, or fall flat. One is reminded of the 2005 LA production, by Gottfried Helnwein, the one which basically bathed the entire stage in single primary colours for each act, so there was a blue act, and a red act and a yellow act. Despite a good cast and strong musical settings, by most accounts it left audiences in the school for the bewildered.

  • javier says:

    if fleming is involved it shouldn’t stray too far from a traditional production. i just hope that she can still sing a good marschallin in 2016.

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  • atomicwings says:

    Maximilian Schell did a new production of Der Rosenkavalier for Los Angeles Opera a number of years ago and he was a spectacular failure, thinking he could rely on his native German while not understanding what the opera was about, not being able to relate to the story and in the end being loathed by the entire cast. I think Waltz will be different, but it’s too back that he will have a old lady to sing the Marschallin.

    • Camille says:

      Would that all such “old ladies” looked HALF as good as Mme. Fleming or, for that matter, “overweight matrons” all over the world have been besieging Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, not to mention the houses of Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, Balenciaga et al, for The Anna Netrebko Look. Jesus H. Christmas in a Bunny Suit. Give the girls a break.

    • Camille says:

      Oh thank you for recalling these facts as my faulty memory bank has been trying to find that file and failed to, thus far.

      Yes, that was some débacle. Doesn’t bode all that well for the next Rose Cavalier, but let’s cross our fingers and hold our collective breath.

    • Regina delle fate says:

      Maria Bengtsson is a youngish lady and a very glamorous one.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    In the words of the Major Domo in Prokofiev’s War and Peace: “Valse! Valze! Valse, Madame! Valse, valse, Madame !”