Cher Public

Coupe de grâce

Those among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

  • Krunoslav

    I see that the mention in the title of “Grace” links up to the presence of Weltstar Barbro Ericson in the RING cast-- not to mention a wink at Sheila Nadler. Always on your toes, Cieca!

    Metropolitan Opera House
    December 29, 1976

    SALOME {100}
    R. Strauss-O. Wilde/Lachmann

    Salome………………Grace Bumbry
    Herod……………….Ragnar Ulfung
    Herodias…………….Barbro Ericson
    Jochanaan……………Guillermo Sarabia
    Narraboth……………Kenneth Riegel
    Page………………..Sheila Nadler

    Conductor……………Erich Leinsdorf

  • MontyNostry
  • The Conte

    Is this the new craze?

    Lamborghini rolling?


    • manou

      Lawnmower = “coupe” the grass.

  • redbear

    The real Coupe de Grâce: today’s major article in Time about the death of opera in Italy.

    • pobrediablo
      • redbear

        Thanks, an important detail!

      • DonCarloFanatic

        Oh, I like this:

        “Incompetence, not money, is at the root of Italy’s operatic problems. ‘We spend less on culture than other [European Union] countries, but the main issue is that the money is poorly managed. Italy has kept appointing idiots as intendants [managers], and they’ve been going from opera house to opera house, losing money everywhere, just like prostitutes, who move to a new city before their customers get bored.'”

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        La cena è ponta! Dinner is served!
        “Enlisting the second member of Italy’s trinity, Noseda has teamed up with the the Turin-based restaurant chain EATaly, which serves upscale food during intermissions.”

        Totes mcgotes! I absolutely love that idea of turning opera in Italy into dinner theater in kewl venues.

        • manou

          Onta! La cena e pRonta!

          • manou

            è that is…

      • antikitschychick

        Sads :cry:. I hope they can bounce back from this.
        Touring, fundraising and marketing via social media are def good strategies to secure better financial funding but firing half the staff and musicians isnt the right approach imho even if it does “balance the books”. The (5 year) advance booking of singers and the booing at la scala of every other major international artist aren’t helping either. The latter is in fact a problem that ( I think) is greatly exacerbating the crisis and should have been something the article addressed. Its not just that singers don’t get paid the fees that they want its that they also run the risk of being booed for all the world to see because of the broadcasts. The artists that dare to go through that sort of ordeal deserve huge props.

  • pobrediablo

    Unless I’m missing something, the right spelling is COUP, no E.

    • MontyNostry

      I think it’s a play on words, pobre -- I assume because the grail in French would be a kind of coupe (without an accent on the ‘e’).

  • cosmodimontevergine

    Isn’t this the coupe de grace?

    • Regina delle fate

      No Cosmodimontevergine -- it’s the Coupé de Grace! :)

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Coup de Grace -- There is a complete video of Grace Bumbry’s Amneris (Marseilles 5 June 1991) here for downloading on a Russian site:

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    If Olivier Py’s lighting designer Bertrand Killy married conductor Bertrand de Billy he’d be
    Bertrand Killy de Billy!

    • manou

      Tarantino would have to film this.

      • Quanto Painy Fakor

        and if Bertrand de Billy married the lighting designer he’d be Bertrand de Billy Killy !