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  • PushedUpMezzo: Dame Angela Lansbury receiving her honour from HM http://www.bbc.co. uk/news/enterta... 6:01 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well in this month’s Opernglas there is an interview with Nucci and he says now that... 5:49 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: That Carmelites menu is ridiculous – as if the Sisters would be downing Ruinart... 5:43 AM
  • oedipe: The Vienna live streams are expensive, but one has to compare what is comparable. For 120$ (88€) you... 5:29 AM
  • PushedUpMezzo: Nucci has recently been job-sharing with Domingo, at least at Covent Garden in Nabucco and... 5:29 AM
  • Constantine A. Papas: When something goes wrong, the easy way out is to blame someone else. If Gelb is... 5:15 AM
  • Billys Butt: Is this super nasty, mean opening really necessary? Yes, I get the point, Opolais doesn’t... 5:11 AM
  • laddie: You are right, it is expensive and I have no plans to purchase but found it to be quite advanced... 5:07 AM
  • laddie: The cabaletta is on facebook and the cantabile is on the Met web site. 5:04 AM
  • tiger1dk: Ms Millo still sings very well, so well that she should be doing much more than she is. But I am... 4:58 AM

Enough with the whirling!

It’s time for lazy stage directors and lazy sopranos to find some other gesture besides the chain of clumsy pique turns (AKA “whirling”) that is the cliché go-to opera shorthand for “joy.” Nobody but drag queens actually twirl in real life, and they’re doing it ironically. Sopranos, take note that the waltz music the orchestra is playing doesn’t really exist in your character’s reality, so there’s no need to dance all the time, even if the director can’t come up with something interesting for you do do. And it looks just plain silly for a big middle-aged woman to go pirouetting around like some eight-year-old fairy princess. Stop whirling! Read more »

Bridge over troubled writer

Ineffable Igor Toronyi-Lalic (pictured, right) either spouts a novel canard or perhaps just froths incoherently. La Cieca will let you be the judge.

Getting our canards in a row

“An opera house should never apologise for being what it is, or bend to what others may want it to be. The best way to attract younger audiences to an art form that, of necessity, appeals to a discriminating élite, is to do good work, without embarrassment. That means engaging top-class conductors and singers, and hiring directors humble enough to recognise that the composer must always come first…. Let us do away with Regietheater, and the upside-down world of ‘concepts’. From Monteverdi to Mark-Anthony Turnage there is enough work for an opera house to present without recourse to the predictability of bogus radicalism. Masterpieces are not there to subvert; they are there to explore.” [The Spectator]

Cassoulet

Le droit du canard

Oh, we’ve a veritable stew of canards to feast upon this week, cher public, courtesy of our old friend Rupert Christiansen.

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birdie

Not canard, more loon

“More telephone ring tones come from Bizet’s Carmen that any other opera.”

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Scrooge-Porpoise

The Life and Death of Colonel Canard

La Cieca can’t even

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valerie

The tutti frutti canard

“An opera production should look the way the music sounds.” – Lady Valerie Solti

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one_note

Indeed a great chance to be a canard

“Verdi revered Shakespeare and would turn over in his grave.”

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negative_canard

The opposite of canard is truth

“Is Parsifal, then, a religious artwork, or is it a work ‘about’ religion?”

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Ducking Brit

The canards begin at Calais

Nicholas Hytner‘s ENO production of Xerxes, unveiled on the 300th anniversary of Handel’s birth and packed with visual conceits, might be seen as marking the beginning of the modern Handel renaissance on stage.”

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