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  • MontyNostry: And do you think she nicked the Balkans idea from Nic Roeg? httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=t... 6:13 PM
  • MontyNostry: manou – what you say sounds exactly what I would have expected from the production shots... 6:12 PM
  • MontyNostry: moritz beat me to it – more expertly, if less graciously. 6:09 PM
  • MontyNostry: manou, dear, far be it from me to defend Ms Thoma, but doesn’t Croatia, with its glorious... 6:08 PM
  • moritz: Why would the Austro-Hungarian monarchy be completely landlocked? For a map of the k.k. monarchy in... 6:08 PM
  • Flora Amiche: Nina Koshetz was the mother. Her daughter Marina was in the MGM films, including singing the... 5:39 PM
  • manou: Plus…Austro- Hungary and the Balkans being completely landlocked, all the *sailor* business... 5:21 PM
  • manou: Yes – I was there. Negative reviews fully justified. It is a sad farrago of a production, set... 5:14 PM
  • PushedUpMezzo: Well I saw the dress rehearsal from the highest heights and we all rather enjoyed it. The... 5:10 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Shostakovich wrote the music for this 1932 film httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=r... 5:07 PM

Talking headspace

Our Own JJ (pictured) joins in the debate over the Düsseldorf Tannhäuser with Anne Midgette and John Berry on WQXR’s Conducting Business podcast. Read more »

“Where was Liam Joshua?”

“Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.” [The Telegraph]

Provocative ad provokes, surprisingly

“But not everyone is amused. On Twitter, SarahDuggers asked: ‘Is it really po-faced and prudish to find these billboards really vulgar and not very nice?’ …. Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch-UK, said the ad was clever in itself but contributed to the hyper-sexualisation of society.” [Evening Standard]

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Closet drama

I have a confession to make about Britten’s opera Billy Budd: I don’t like it very much.”

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ENO is enough

The repertory for the upcoming season of the English National Opera (also known as “Peter Gelb‘s shopping list”) boasts the world premiere of a new opera by Philip Glass, The Perfect American, which imagines the last days of Walt Disney.

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Two ghosts

The ENO was filled with ghosts last week. Spectral, possibly illusory figures fleetingly materialized in the Internet chatrooms that provide the setting for much of Nico Muhly’s new opera Two Boys, and brutal boarding school memories came back to troubled life in director Christopher Alden’s dark take on Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

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Muhly marvelous

A few spoilsport commentators have complained that the clever marketing video for Nico Muhly‘s Two Boys at the English National Opera doesn’t accurately represent the somewhat dark subject matter of the new opera. La Cieca won’t take sides on this matter of vital import, but she will reveal to you, the cher public, that a few moments of the hush-hush score and production of the opera have been leaked on video, and you can sample the piece after the jump.  

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It’s complicated

The ever-alert PR people at the English National Opera (why can’t we have a company like this?) have assembled a “what if?” video to promote Nico Muhly‘s impending Two Boys, and thrown in an admirably scruffy “reality” actor to boot.

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