Cher Public

  • le cerf agile: Suzuki! 9:03 PM
  • PCally: The DVD is my personal favorite of the opera, even if it’s not the most beautifully sung. The cast is overwhelming 8:44 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Toyota ho! 7:47 PM
  • armerjacquino: Nissan Dorma. 7:40 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, if we’re counting singers, there’s James Morris. And if we’re counting translations, there’s... 7:40 PM
  • kashania: Thanks for such a witty review, Greg. I’ve seen a few highlights of this production and like what I saw. 7:24 PM
  • Operngasse: Does the production try to make anything out what I’ll term a visual pun between the character Mercedes and the use of a... 7:18 PM
  • armerjacquino: You get a Hall Pass for that one. 6:21 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]