“Also unimpressed was Franco Zeffirelli, the Italian film and opera director, who said that elements of the contemporary production’s third act were ‘simply ridiculous’. ‘Watching how this poor Violetta ended up the other night, I died a little bit too,’ the 90-year-old was quoted as saying.” [The Guardian]
In Vintage Issue #32: How that opening night of Lohengrin might have gone; La Cieca on La Gran Scena, lesbian opera and Aretha Franklin; a salute to Renata Scotto by Enzo Bordello; reviews by Dawn Fatale, Loge Lizard and Gertie Dammerung; more Impossible Discs from Ortrud Maxwell; and advice of varying kinds from Dr. Repertoire and Bitchy Spice. [Download Issue #32] Read more »
“I am Fabio Luisi – a professional musician and conductor in international concert halls and opera houses, involved in many aspects of music and art. For many years I have also had a secret passion for another art which I have studied and practiced to bring to you today: perfumery.” [FL Parfums]
“Miss Mary Garden, the prima donna, has some definite ideas about American customs laws which would make her an ardent tariff reformer if she were in politics.”
So we may all be on the same page as we discuss, following the jump is the video of the December 7 Traviata from La Scala.
Our Very Own Marianne Leitmetzerin (pictured) has graciously shared a jewel from her vast coffer of recorded performances, a boon La Cieca hopes will become a regular Monday event here at parterre.
Our dear friends at Operavore (to whence Our Own JJ will be returning for another season early in 2014) have called for nominations for favorite operatic “party records.”