Let’s take a moment, liebes Publikum, to discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.
Just watching Lorelei with Giorgio Merighi..VERY esciting!~!~Reminds me of an article I once wrote:
We have been throught constant “tenor-bashing’
which has thrown this term around, and it seems that a tenor who does
not have the “”Kraus-Bergonzi-Schipa” attitude, and/or does not have
the fabulous quality of a Bjoerling, a Caruso, a Pavarotti,etc., and
especially delights in hitting lots of high notes, some of them held
forever, is “branded’ as “provincial,” in a not-very-complimentary
Therefore,some of the most exciting tenors of
the past might have been labelled as “provincial” and they sure get a
bad rap. Poor Lando Bartolini suffers from this appelation, and yet he
has sung so many very exciting performances. I guess Jan Kiepura, the
“Polish ham” would be thrown into this category, as well as the
Marios: Filippeschi, Bonisolli, Farina, and yes, Corelli.
Would we add Bernardo de Muro, Antonio Cortis, John
O’Sullivan, even Signor Lauri-Volpi, who could bring audiences to
their feet..not by his “great artistic prowess,” but by flaunting what
was in his throat! Of course, we do not have to love every tenor just
for great high notes and/or volume, but I am of the opinion that many
of the tenors of past and some of the present have been treated
unfairly.(Why no basses or baritones?).
Therefore,if i tell you I would prefer a
Giacomini Calaf to that of Placido, do I get trashed? Your
Like La Cieca’s recent outing..they sure put on great SHOWS today..but this kind of art is totally LOST…perduto.,.,abbandonato..
Muzio,Favero,Zeani,Scotto, Soviero and then it DIED!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ooops.I failed to mention her birthday (1896) is Sept.2
Since INSANE productions are so prevalent, why don’t we use our crazy imaginations and make up some ideas for productions..Believe me..NOTHING you can concoct will be out-of-line..especially after la Cieca described that new Bayreuth Ring…you know,the one with the crocodile eating the bird.
On the old standee line,we used to kill time and try to forget we were freezing by making up some scenarios..now we realize NOTHING we thought of was crazy,if you compare it to what we have today.
I am letting my mind (???) wander now and am going to do one and see if I can sound as if I am on drugs:
Location: Una casa de putas in Hoboken. The nuns are really ex-hookers who were forced to go to a convent, which they have turned into a brothel. This also involves using that donkey for……
The Principessa is a the drag-queen who was sent by Pat Robertson to clean up the place and when he/she/it confronts Suor Angelica Suor Angelica squirts the dude/dudette with a magic potion that makes him straight.He then has sex with the Monitor…who is monitored by the other ladies.
Then Suor Angelica, a Diana Soviero lookalike, but on a three-wheel circus bike gets so riled up she decides to commit suicidio by downing three huge pizzas (with meatballs and sausage..I love that kind of Pizza.). Before she dies, the Abess brings in a portable toilet and she sings “Senza Pizza, tu sei morto.” As she kicks off,she sees a vision of her son, who looks exactly like Clark Gable,and the son,not really liking his ma anyway, sings “Io non givo un fucko.”
Get the symbolism????? Remember the Ring? See.this is Charlie..just lets it all hang out..and now you understand the infuence of La Cieca on me.,
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