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Built in a day

“The La clemenza di Tito contract will be offered as a ‘Solo Dancer’ contract and requires 8 physically fit men…. The David McVicar production…” (Audition notice from Lyric Opera of Chicago)


  • armerjacquino says:

    And here comes Captain Buzzkill: if this is the ENO production then these will be the bodyguards. They wave martial arts weaponry around in a menacing manner, but are fully clad throughout.

    • tannengrin says:

      well, then, let’s hope that he’s more in the mood of his London Salome, Aida or SF Trovatore productions…

      The Lyric’s website says it’s the 2011 Aix-en-Provence production -- that one had a rather Napoleonic look. Chicaco will have DiDonato as Sesto. That does actually sound quite interesting.

  • Krunoslav says:

    Do they YELL over the music, like the Austrian soldiers (sic) in the Philadelphia NABUCCO a la SENSO this week?

  • Ilka Saro says:

    Martial arts weaponry may prove a disincentive for those interested in getting a lap dance.

  • Salome Where She Danced says:

    Eight physically fit men required to put the tit in “Tito.”

    • MontyNostry says:

      … and the sesso in Sesto too?

    • operaassport says:

      I think Polenzani can supply the “tits” all on his own.

      If there is one thing McVicar can be counted on to provide, it’s shirtless muscle men.

      Oh, btw, those two sentences are in NO way related!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

      Someone has also posted these:

      • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

        Perfect motivation for Billy’s Uugh! at the opening of Act 2. Bravi.

      • Camille says:

        ThankU, mein Wertester Quanto.

        Dick needs to find a better Minnie. Utterly implausible and unbelievable.

        And Minnie needs to shoot the wigmaker and costumier. Too distracting and ridiculously bufugly to watch.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor says:

    Improve your Italian…

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  • PushedUpMezzo says:

    More from La Monnaie on a Tito-linked film showing:

    Belgian artist Ivo van Hove, stage director of the new production of La Clemenza di Tito, has chosen to show Ultimo Tango a Parigi, Bernardo Bertolucci’s masterpiece.
    Since its release in 1972, this film – which boldly presents the intense and desperate relationship which develops between two strangers – caused an eternal scandal. Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider portray a lovers’ tango destined for destruction.
    The film will follow a 45-minute discussion with Ivo van Hove (in English).

    Kurt Streit and Charles Workman share the role of Tito/Brando.

    Butter suppliers aren’t mentioned.

    He explains himself briefly in English here