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  • willym: I have not great love or hate of the lady as a musician – only really heard her once in... 10:06 PM
  • Poison Ivy: This reminds me of a story my friend likes to tell. He was traveling through Paris and Italy and... 10:03 PM
  • Camille: No SQUILLO! It is what it is with what he has got, but am afraid Italian operas such as these demand... 9:48 PM
  • Resistopiu: well to be fair Gwyneth was a little more measured back then, and a lovely lady, always had time... 9:45 PM
  • Camille: Ha! I am surprised they discovered–f inalmente–th at score of Arizona Lady which I... 9:43 PM
  • LT: Is it really new? I read somewhere it was sort of a recycled version of the old one. 9:37 PM
  • Camille: This is a note of appreciation to Mr STEPAN ATAMIAN, announcer and programmer for the Saturday Night... 9:17 PM
  • la vociaccia: Really not liking Jonas in this. There isn’t really any charisma in the timbre- the... 8:49 PM
  • Camille: MAH! This “Down to earth Diva” shit has GOT to STOP!! An oxymoron that must die! That... 8:42 PM
  • Camille: La Cieca—please! Dissing Renée is so 1997! “Ain’t it a pretty voice” was a... 8:32 PM

Drop dead diva

My first experience with John Corigliano’s music was in high school with the ear and mind blowing score he wrote for Ken Russell’s film Altered States. It was nominated for an Academy Award that year alongside John Williams’ orchestral battalions for The Empire Strikes Back, the gentle humanity John Morris brought to The Elephant Man and Phillipe Sarde’s high romance for Tess. All were estimable examples in their own genres, and yet the brass ring that year went to Michael Gore’s disco gyrations for Fame. Sometimes, considering the company, the greater honor is to stand next to those passed over.   Read more »

Top hatters

When Mike Nichols was honored at the Kennedy Center, Elaine May said of his work: “Mike has chosen to do things that are really meaningful, and that have real impact, and real relevance, but he makes them so entertaining and exciting that they’re as much fun as if they were trash.” Christopher Alden has pulled the same bit of trickery at the San Francisco Opera with a production of Handel’s Partenope that is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.   Read more »

Fish are jumping and the dudgeon is high

“Quaint camp, says Rupert Christiansen.”

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Queen of the Maybe

“I didn’t think anything could be campier than Adriana. But this is nothing but camp. Adriana at least has tunes.”

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The V.I.P.s

Your doyenne La Cieca (not pictured) invites you to our weekly discussion of off-topic and general interest subjects.

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O Caftan! My Caftan!

Unconcealed by the voluminous folds of this Jessyesqe muumuu is queen-sized talent Jeffery Roberson (also known as Varla Jean Merman.)

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Fair, game

The Monday, 12th December, Weill Hall recital debut of Signora Chiara Taigi, a strikingly good looking Italian soprano, who had made her American operatic debut this past March, starring as Selika in the OONY production of Meyerbeer’s long-neglected L’Africaine, was something Your Own Camille had looked forward to with a high hopes and a faintly wondering glee, for several months now.  

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The recursion of kitsch

Like the double or triple negative (where theoretically pairs of “nots” cancel each other out, but in practice you can’t be so sure) this tidbit of news La Cieca just read has her confused and uncertain. It seems that at a recital in Tulsa last night, Dame Kiri te Kanawa sang as an encore a Jake Heggie setting of Maria Callas‘s final monologue from Terrence McNally‘s Master Class. You know, the one that McNally didn’t actually write but rather collated from some random remarks Callas made in an entirely different emotional context.

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Blonde item

“It’s just that it seems rather perverse to have cast such opulent voices and then given them not much to sing…. the role of Anna Nicole would not stretch Danielle de Niese.” Loyal parterrian Jondrytay (not pictured) looked in on the Royal Opera’s Anna Nicole and shared this thoughts on his blog Not So Wunderbar.

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“You will, Cieca, you will!”

“The L.A. Phil’s new season is up, too, and the big news there is (for me anyway) the premiere of a new sacred oratorio by John Adams, entitled The Gospel According to the Other Mary. Maybe he gave it that title to distinguish it from a forthcoming work by Mark Adamo. “What? No, I meant because Mark Adamo’s writing The Gospel of Mary Magdalene for the San Francisco Opera! Why, what ‘mary’ did YOU think I was referring to?” [Daniel Stephen Johnson]

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