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  • Ruxxy: Armer IMHO if you don’t play it verite it can also be viewed as racist – the idea of NOT blacking up implies... 8:01 AM
  • steveac10: I don’t really see the issue. Otello is a Moor – which would likely make him a darker skinned Caucasian more akin... 7:56 AM
  • armerjacquino: In a world without racism, or the legacy of minstrelsy, it wouldn’t be. But we don’t live in that world so... 7:50 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=aTIG 5gmYIGY 7:14 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Someone’s comment on Opera-L that Leontyne did note want to sing Desdemona because she would be the moor’s... 7:04 AM
  • Ruxxy: Sorry David I disagree- what is ridiculous is that blacking up or down should be an issue at all. 5:31 AM
  • armerjacquino: Not snark at all: there’s no way on god’s earth that Voigt will be singing Mabel. 3:29 AM
  • David: Good. Ridiculous that in the 21st century singers are blacking-up to play parts 3:17 AM

The recursion of kitsch

Like the double or triple negative (where theoretically pairs of “nots” cancel each other out, but in practice you can’t be so sure) this tidbit of news La Cieca just read has her confused and uncertain. It seems that at a recital in Tulsa last night, Dame Kiri te Kanawa sang as an encore a Jake Heggie setting of Maria Callas‘s final monologue from Terrence McNally‘s Master Class. You know, the one that McNally didn’t actually write but rather collated from some random remarks Callas made in an entirely different emotional context. Read more »