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“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

    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

      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.

      • tannengrin

        okay, that should have been Chicago.

        The Aix production sounds good, too… That must have been one of Colin Davis’ last appearances there with the LSO

      • MontyNostry

        The signature half-dressed boys in that generally dreary and park’n’bark London Aida get eviscerated, I’m afraid.

      • That’s how Bette Davis pronounced, it, “Chi-CA-co!”

        • Rory Williams


  • Krunoslav

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

  • Ilka Saro

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

  • Salome Where She Danced

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

    • MontyNostry

      … and the sesso in Sesto too?

      • Porgy Amor

        And the MEN in “CleMENza”!

    • operaassport

      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

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      Someone has also posted these:

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

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

      • Camille

        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

    Improve your Italian…

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    • antikitschychick

      Thanks for posting all these great videos Quanto :-D

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        I don’t post them to youtube.

        • antikitschychick

          Lol I knoooowssss dear q, but you take the time to look for them and share them with us so grazie all the same. ;-)

  • PushedUpMezzo

    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