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  • moi: Thanks for the review… But Mattila was urgent… Opolais and Alagna urgent as well? But it is a good adjective 2:20 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Rob Howell’s striking but incoherent curved sets “Striking but incoherent”& #8230;perfect. I’ve only seen... 2:16 PM
  • tatiana: I’ve never heard him in the house, but this Di Luna sounds really good to me. 2:07 PM
  • YigeLi: Oh, thank you… Now I know it’s not my pure imagination… 2:00 PM
  • Hippolyte: God the prompter is loud. 1:59 PM
  • perfidia: Then let’sjust say she sounds healthier and more put together than Meade. I am shocked at how quickly her voice has... 1:57 PM
  • Batty Masetto: I was thinking along the same lines, perfidia. Maybe not “young” ; but clean and expressive, with a vigorous... 1:56 PM
  • YigeLi: Has anyone also heard the voice of a prompter? It seems it’s only for the tenor’s part. I thought prompter̵... 1:56 PM

How fatal was my sdegno!

The video after the jump is all pretty fabulous, and I think we can all agree that this Anna Pirozzi is the real thing! But there are at least two scrumptious “Easter Eggs” for the connoisseur of operatic camp  in the video as well, so let’s take a closer look!   Read more »

High notes on camp

“In naïve, or pure, Camp, the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails. Of course, not all seriousness that fails can be redeemed as Camp. Only that which has the proper mixture of the exaggerated, the fantastic, the passionate, and the naïve.” (Susan Sontag)   Read more »

The bough friend

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. That’s not because the Stefan Herheim production is particularly abstruse but rather, on the contrary, because at least at first viewing it seemed relatively straightforward. On the night, I was a little disappointed because I expected something more challenging. Read more »

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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.

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Top hatters

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.

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glanville

Fish are jumping and the dudgeon is high

“Quaint camp, says Rupert Christiansen.”

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francesca

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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lindsay

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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varla

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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