Cher Public

  • antikitschychick: Hi Manou. Looking forward to your review of the Trovatore. OH DEAR…those high notes by Urmana :-((( perhaps she is... 1:24 PM
  • Batty Masetto: Urmana sounds about as wobbly as EMW. 1:24 PM
  • manou: Is this the fragrant Fabluisi? 1:23 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: I wonder who how Urmana will do – getting a bit long in tooth. The last Aida I heards from her was... 1:23 PM
  • manou: Hello anti and arepo 1:22 PM
  • Batty Masetto: I don’t know why but today the Santuzza entrance cellos are making me think of Wagner’s Worms. 1:22 PM
  • antikitschychick: how are you Batty? Love the sound of those cellos…oops, the upward transition sounded a bit course. 1:22 PM
  • manou: …also – I am afraid it might antagonize the *serious* people on the main site, as all our comments seem to turn up... 1:22 PM

Stop me if you’ve heard this one

Gala this; gala that; who knew rich people wore clothes so badly?  Freed’s Law (formulated long ago) states that every tenor you meet is going to think he’s the smart one, but there must be some corollary about every opening night opera gala sending out a bat-signal to the one socialite who thinks she’s going to Bring Back the Tiara. Friday night was the occasion not only of a gala, but also an opera by Mr. Verdi, in which people sang.   Read more »

One night only, one night only, there’s nothing more to say

The Art House in Provincetown, MA, headed by Mark Cortale, will present Metropolitan Opera Star Deborah Voigt in ‘Voigt Lessons’ created by Terrence McNally, Francesca Zambello and Deborah Voigt, for one night only on August 2 at 6:30 PM.

Escape from nuance

Just when you thought it was impossible to lose any further respect for Francesca Zambello, the director (and, so rumor has it, instigator of beefing up the rapey content) of the fiasco opera Two Women has now announced, “I would not stage a rape scene in an opera ever again…. It makes too much of the audience too uncomfortable. As directors we can convey the atrocities of the world, past and present, by using images and dramatic situations, but we must use nuance.”   Read more »

Two Women

Warhorse

Three blocks from the opera house is a terrible time to realize there was homework.

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Barn yesterday

Christine Goerke is the Prima Donna in this scene from Francesca Zambello‘s Glimmerglass production of Ariadne auf Upstate New York, and Did I Mention That the Komponist is a Dyke?

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Dish night

“Superstar soprano Deborah Voigt and powerhouse opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over 25 years, came to 92Y to talk opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.”

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A coupla white chicks sitting around talking

On Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:15 PM, renowned soprano Deborah Voigt and opera and theater director Francesca Zambello, friends for over twenty-five years, join to discuss opera, inspiration, artistry and friendship.

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La vita e Club Inferno

What, you might ask, could a middle-of-the-road middlebrow stage director add to this monumental chef-d’oeuvre?

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June Anderson!

Busting out

June Anderson will make the transition into the “Anne Revere” segment of her career next summer when she sings the role of Elvira Griffiths in Tobias Picker‘s An American Tragedy at the Glimmerglass Festival.

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Steppin’ 2 the Nile Side

La Cieca would like to take this opportunity to extend kudos to Francesca Zambello and the Glimmerglass Festival on what looks to be their season’s first smash hit: a new production of the classic musical Dreamgirls.

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