Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: You get a Hall Pass for that one. 6:21 PM
  • Porgy Amor: From a distance, it would be an easy mistake to make even for someone who does know what Bieito looks like. They’re... 6:08 PM
  • Krunoslav: “playing her as a stony sociopath ” Q: Do you like Ewing? A: I don’t know, I’ve never ewed. 5:51 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kSuM PY34KfE 5:43 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Yeah, it’s mostly not too outrageous, though a couple of gestures did seem a little epater-la-bourgeoi sie-y. I’m... 5:39 PM
  • Greg.Freed: For a counterpoint, my friend the actual critic in the Chronicle disagreed with me on I think every single point! 5:21 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Oof, embarrassing. I don’t know what Bieito looks like and just assumed. The reviewer regrets the error. 5:19 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I have missed you here! So perhaps Carmen is Bieito on best behavior. That has long been its rep. If someone who would get all... 4:44 PM

How monarchic was my sprezzatura!

“Yet the evening’s first words, heard in the set-piece Ombra ma fui—like all of Xerxes’ arias sung with monarchic sprezzatura and amoral relish by Stella Doufexis—came unexpectedly in Italian. It was flagrant violation of this house’s fundamental principle, here brushed aside by the cultural capital of the aria and deemed insufficient to sunder the inextricable bonds between the Italian text and Handel’s melody. It was as if the composer and his music, through his advocate Herheim, was holding ground at least at the outset against appropriation of his music by the moderns.”

Oh, what’s not to like in a review like this one?