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Tre sbirri… una guyliner

Two questions answered in a single YouTube video:

1) What is that guy who staged Spinal Tap’s “Stonehenge” doing these days? (Answer: He’s directing operas)

2) What would it look like if Jared Leto sang Puccini? (Answer: See below)

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infinite variety

Ken Howard / Los Angeles Opera

A dramaturg, a renowned actress, an Egyptologist, a Shakespeare expert, an art historian, an opera singer, and Samuel Barber’s biographer walk into… well, not a bar, at least to start with. As a warmup for NYCO’s only opera production of the season, Antony and Cleopatra, the company will present “What Becomes a Legend Most,” a five-hour symposium on the life and lore of the notorious Egyptian queen. Soprano Elizabeth Futral (left) highlights the program with a recital of Cleopatra music of “many styles and periods,” and dramaturg Cori Ellison (not pictured) will be on hand for all the dramaturgy you can eat.

“Legend” kicks off at noon on Saturday, January 10 at the Miller Theater at Columbia University, and La Cieca is sure you’ll be interested in more details.