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La Cieca would never kid you, cher public: it’s that time of the week when we discuss off-topic and general interest subjects.

  • Camille

    Monsieur œdipe,

    Juste pour Vous, et pour les 225 ans de la liberté!

  • Buster

    Scovotti serenading die Mannschaft:

  • Buster

    Evelyn Herlitzius is out of those Verona Turandots, I see. Singing now are Iréne Theorin, Tiziana Caruso, and Martina Serafin.

    • Cocky Kurwenal

      Interesting, Buster. Have you seen any reason given? Unpleasant experience with the role in Rome, or illness, I wonder?

      • Buster

        No, I have not, Cocky, sorry.

  • CwbyLA

    I just love this note emanating from Fleming.

  • aulus agerius

    I’m going to the matinee performance of Euryanthe on the 30th. Anyone else??

    • la vociaccia

      Probably. I want to see it and any excuse out of the pit of humid hell they call NYC in summer is welcome

  • Feldmarschallin
  • aulus agerius

    Last night I went to see Susannah performed by Ash Lawn Opera in the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville VA. Like Carousel last year, I found it to be quite disturbing. I experienced the piece as being about ostracization, shunning by the group. I’m sure it has universal overtones but it resonated with my experiences as a gay boy growing up in GA and not understanding why I was shunned by peers, family, church and society in general. I did not flaunt my gayness as Susannah flaunts her attractiveness, but still…. Like her though, I always refused to come down to the altar during those horrible emotionally wrenching exhortations at the close of Baptist services. I suspect that the males who ostracized me as a youth had homosexual thoughts/feelings/fantasies that they could not own, like the Elders in the opera.
    The production was adequate. Leah Partridge sang the title role. She has sung in east coast regional companies for years and this was my first time to hear her. I was not impressed. The tone is not pleasant and her expression of the text was near zero. Brent Reilly Turner who sang her brother, Sam Polk, was the best IMO. Vocally he was quite a few notches above everyone else and quite attractive in a burly sort of way -- not unlike my own big brother incidentally. In the first act it was hard to believe that he is a tenor, but in the second act that was more in agreement with what I heard.
    I was very surprised to read in the Washington Post this week of the CDC study that showed 2-3% of the population identifying as gay. That’s almost impossible for me to believe based on long life experience. I don’t think those Elders would have self-identified as adulterers either!

  • armerjacquino

    Variety is reporting that Elaine Stritch has died.

  • aulus agerius

    I just read in the July OPERA that Mme. Caballe has ‘handed over’ half a million euros in back taxes in hopes of avoiding trial. She may be liable for up to 6X that amount in fines! She was deposed at her apt in……Barcelona, not Andorra.

  • DellaCasaFan

    The latest about Tamar Iveri. She plans a charity concert at the National Coming Out Day in Tbilisi:

    • This is to apologize and to express support

      Or more accurately, this is an attempt to salvage what remaining contracts I have with opera companies in civilised countries.

      • DellaCasaFan

        I agree, Kashania. It sounds to me more like a major damage-control effort for her career.

      • armerjacquino

        Not much else she could do. But the wording of it goes further than she had to (also here ). I think the fairest thing here is to give her the benefit of the doubt.

        • I don’t really care about her and don’t see any need to give the benefit of the doubt. She was clearly caught red-handed and has gone into damage control. I should add that I don’t think her career should come to an end or anything. She is a fine singer. Que sera, sera.

        • spiderman

          thanks for the link, armer. they put a picture of haroutounian in it, whom they took for iveri. poor her :-/

          • MontyNostry

            Haroutounian is running Jaho a close second as the world’s favourite substitute soprano.