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Marc Two

Issue #43 of parterre box, the queer opera zine is called “Marc Two” in honor of dramatic soprano Alessandra Marc, subject of an interview with Our Own JJ. Also on the agenda: the final episode of Manuela Haltertop‘s sizzling melodrama “All About Steve,” as well as reports from all over: La Cieca at Glimmerglass, Dawn Fatale in Bayreuth, Hans Lich in Seattle, Basta Profunda in Munich and Clifton James (what sort of a name is that?) in Los Angeles. [Download Issue #43]

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    What a wonderful photo of Judy as Turandot.

  • operaassport

    Ah, Alessandra Marc. My most vivid memory is of a performance of the Dvorak Stabat Mater in which she not-so-discreetly ate a brick of cheese and slushed down a Coke. Sitting in the front row, I sat in trepidation that she’d start belching up cheese and that the smell would waft in my direction.

    • peter

      We can always rely on you for an intelligent enlightening comment.

      • operaassport

        It’s illustrative of the woman and what went wrong with her career.

        • la vociaccia

          “what went wrong with her career” i.e why her singing eventually declined is actually revealed in one of her answers. It would just take a few years for the damage to sink in

          • operaassport

            Like Jane Eaglen, it didn’t help they she was morbidly obese. She couldn’t breathe.

  • La Valkyrietta

    A little off topic…maaaaaaaaaaad about the heavenly boy…..

  • Bianca Castafiore

    The only time I heard Marc live was very late in her career, at the NJ PAC in the mid-late 2000’s (oughts?), in which she sang the “Vier letzte lieder”… I wish I had caught more of her and Sweet at their primes.

    • Camille

      You saw that as well, Castafiore? Yes, we schlepped over there, hoping for a miracle. It didn’t happen though. Nice hall. I remember Ms. Midgette wrote a review of that performance which summed it up pretty well, if you want to go dig it out.

      Ta ta!

      • Bianca Castafiore

        Cammillissima! Yes, doesn’t it feel like a million years ago? It was a nice hall, I’ve only been there twice, and I remember being utterly bored by the “Ein heldenleben”, not my favorite Strauss piece. There seems to be interesting programming going on over there, but it’s a long schlepp as you say.

        Hope you and M. Camille are well!!!!