La Cieca’s nomination for Song of the Year 2016: an elaborate but hideously tasteless unintentional joke. Read more »
Blood-and-guts singing is the reason to see Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera this season. Featuring a vocally adventurous cast, and the keen conducting of James Levine, the company redeems a seemingly cheap and outdated production by Elijah Moshinsky, with passionate music making and searing theatricality. Read more »
Of all films to be adapted into operas, 1967’s Berserk! seems a most unlikely choice, particularly with Juan Diego Flórez in the role of tough-as-nails ringmistress Monica Rivers. Read more »
I think we can all agree that this Anna Pirozzi is the real thing!
“In naïve, or pure, Camp, the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails.”
The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain.
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.
Christopher Alden‘s production of Handel’s Partenope is so erudite and theatrically audacious and also such a rollicking ride, it’s hard to believe it isn’t crap.
“I didn’t think anything could be campier than Adriana. But this is nothing but camp. Adriana at least has tunes.”