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  • Bluebeard: I’m sure I read somewhere that Murphy, Lapine, and Sondheim had to downplay Fosca’s craziness, or at least her... 10:18 AM
  • armerjacquino: He did change one thing- between the original off-Broadway production and the London premiere in 1993 he wrote the... 10:14 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: Mme, Manou – Sills was unbeatable as the Hoffmann ladies, Manon, Baby Doe, and of course Handel’s Cleopatra,... 10:09 AM
  • Gualtier M: I think that Sondheim and Lapine were afraid that Fosca would be too grotesque and repellent for the audience to like –... 10:05 AM
  • zinka: https://www.facebo ok.com/piotr.becza la.5/videos/101541 72731986354/ Stop mountainclimbing&# 8230;and do not think about skydiving... 9:54 AM
  • PCally: Well assassins is sondheims favorite of his own shows apparently, or at least the only one of his where he wouldn’t change a... 9:50 AM
  • PCally: Not always a fan but this is one of the best performances of anything I’ve ever seen, not doubt aided immensely but Chereau... 9:40 AM
  • PCally: Whoops httpv://m.youtube. com/watch?v=kRasTY iCipM 9:38 AM

Fou fighter

It is easy to become overly identified with opera—as a cleverer friend of mine once noted: being a sports fan is an interest, but if you like opera, everyone thinks of it as a crippling obsession. Les Troyens doesn’t help matters; “I’m going to a four hour opera,” you tell someone, trying to convey the magnitude of Troyens, but somehow it seems not to hint at the right degree of lunacy, so the next time, you include intermissions and say “I’m going to a five hour opera” and up and up it goes until you admit, between puffs on your gauloise, that everyone was right and you must be tres fou.   Read more »

Myth opportunity

France has this year saluted one of its greatest composers with many performances including revivals of some long-forgotten works. Unlike his homeland, America hasn’t exactly been vigorous about commemorating the 250th anniversary of the death of Jean-Philippe Rameau.   Read more »

Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops. Read more »