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Less than Zarah

In a slight detour from the usual all-opera-all-the-time format of parterre box, the queer opera zine, issue #44 centers on Ben Letzler‘s superb appreciation of film and cabaret diva Zarah Leander. This feature-rich installment also includes a gaggle of high-concept operas devised by Dawn Fatale, a reimagining of La gioconda as performed by the cast of TV’s Friends (courtesy of Hans Lick) and Our Own JJ‘s glowing review of Astrid Varnay‘s awesome autobiography. And don’t miss La Cieca‘s breathless accounts of Graham Vick‘s Trovatore at the Met and Renata Scotto‘s role debut as Klytämnestra in Elektra!  (“At times she reminded me of Vivien Leigh in Streetcar Named Desire or Ship of Fools in the way she seemed on the very brink of dissolving in hysterical tears, though never quite losing control.”) [Download Issue #44]

19 comments

  • armerjacquino says:

    I think COSI works better with the cast of FRIENDS. Monica/Rachel as Fiordiligi/Dorabella, Phoebe: Despina, Joey/Ross as Ferrando/Guglielmo and Chandler as Alfonso…

    In other COSI news, parterre favourite David Butt Phillip is singin Ferrando in the ROH Young Artists concert this year.

    • kashania says:

      Cosi works almost too well. What I want to know is whether Hans Lick ever got around to casting Rheingold with the cast of Frasier. And if not, can we do that now?

    • MontyNostry says:

      I heard David Butt Phillip in the dress rehearsal of FroSch on Tuesday (the Apparition) and was most impressed. Not your typical reedy English tenor at all.

  • alejandro says:

    We need an opera for Joan.

    • Poison Ivy says:

      Roberto Devereux with Joan as Queen E. It needs to happen.

      Also … if I meet someone and they are abusive alcoholics, that’s a forgivable offense. If they say something bad about Joan …

  • papopera says:

    Onkel Zarah what a great baritone she was

  • rysanekfreak says:

    Who was the physically challenged tenorino with the Decca contract?

    • armerjacquino says:

      Bocelli, I’d imagine.

    • papopera says:

      physically challenged ? whatever that means are you referring to Bocelli who is blind ? Check PBS they rerun his same concert at least once a week for the past ten years.

  • Often admonished says:

    On the subject of informed writing what hasn’t Mrs John Claggart blogged anything since New Year’s Eve? Is she unwell? or just uninspired?