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  • grimoaldo: The review actually explains why, the “upper part of her voice was often so edgy that the aria became truly... 3:44 PM
  • armerjacquino: Polenzani has done more than ‘offer an intriguing preview’ of his Idomeneo- he’s sung the whole part. 3:35 PM
  • Daniel: Thanks for the condescension, but I happen to believe that one never outgrows Mozart. There’s always something in his output... 3:32 PM
  • la vociaccia: When they can no longer sing it well anymore? Not a very difficult concept to grasp. Singers leave repertoire behind. 3:18 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Sierra was actually a lot more interesting out west as Lucia than the Countess. If I were playing mind-reader I’d guess... 2:58 PM
  • la vociaccia: I think PCally mentioned Schwanewilms in reference to Wilson’s Kaiserin recording (Anne being a recent notable... 2:49 PM
  • Daniel: How, exactly, is Mozart “just no longer for” any singer? 2:46 PM
  • Cocky Kurwenal: I don’t mean to take you to task, but I’d say she is more accomplished than promising. I agree that she... 2:14 PM

Le cirque des étoiles

florez berserkOf 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 »

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 »

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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.

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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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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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