Cher Public

  • luvtennis: What bothers me is that she was by all accounts and ardent Nazi. May she roast for all eternity. That said, I do love her first... 3:17 PM
  • Camille: Once again, thanks so very much for the mention, phoenix! It has just now finished and I was very pleased by this performance and... 3:10 PM
  • Hippolyte: I may not have heard quite all of them, but of Rossini’s many operas Tell is definitely one of my least favorite and the... 3:08 PM
  • Camille: For me, Madame manou is trying to simply clarify and precise the meaning of a word in a language in which she has had a rigorous... 3:02 PM
  • luvtennis: You are entitled to your opinion, but I don’t think there is anything boring in or too long in Tell. Or rather if there... 2:58 PM
  • m. croche: I enjoy Manousplaining. ‘splain away, Manou (and Batty, too). 2:53 PM
  • Cicciabella: armer and kashania both speak words of wisdom. 2:49 PM
  • kashania: With all due respect, La Cieca, not everyone feels similarly about manou’s posts. I read her plea for “civility... 2:49 PM

Male fraud

Has Los Angeles Opera mentioned lately that Billy Budd has an all-male cast? Read more »

Abs of a Soldier

La Cieca has obtained this photo of Thomas Hampson headlining Camouflage Night at Powerhouse, uh, rehearsing for Heart of a Soldier at the San Francisco Opera. You can tell the scene is Northern Rhodesia in 1962, because that is where the British military first started offering complimentary personal training packages to their troops. Read more »

Gun control

never_forget_sfoRemember that press release that taunted, “Great at push-ups and pull-ups? Do you put your friends to shame at the gym? Come show us what you’ve got!” Well, as you’re probably guessed by now, that audition call was for an opera based on that recent event in American history most closely associated with hot, sweaty buff manmeat: the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. [San Francisco Opera]