Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: I think, as ever, it depends on the director. In that Salzburg BOHEME she was genuinely remarkable as an actor- maybe the... 6:52 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: I completely agree- dreadful conducting. And when he was conducting South Pacific, during the dialogue scenes, he would... 6:34 PM
  • RosinaLeckermaul: Yes, rewriting classics was typical in the Restoration. Shakespeare was considered a genius, but one who needed editing... 6:07 PM
  • la vociaccia: I thought Sperling’s conducting in THE KING AND I was dreadful; rushed, shallow and completely without sweep or... 5:44 PM
  • JohninSeattle: So, they *added* to a universally known and beloved work? I know that Romeo and Juliet (and even King Lear) were routinely... 5:33 PM
  • phoenix: kash, sorry about the mistaken identity – Baba was talking about Anna but I found his description suited Angela (and Anna)... 5:01 PM
  • mandryka: I noticed that KJ has a gig coming up at the Cafe Carlyle , usually a fairly sophisticated venue. It was the home of Bobby Short... 4:51 PM
  • Lady Abbado: Just noticed…on this day 11 years ago Angie was in great form singing for Queen Beatrix’ Silver Jubilee:... 4:38 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]