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  • umangialaio: Here we go: orchestra and chorus of Teatro dell’opera di Roma collectively fired. That... 12:20 PM
  • Buster: Annick Massis rehearsing Manon. The second time only she sings the role, after Rome, but she was ill... 12:09 PM
  • ML: Manou, r u looking forward to Lausanne? Will a report be forthcoming? 12:08 PM
  • La marquise de Merteuil: And as Brendan Behan has said “Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how... 12:07 PM
  • ML: Oh, La Cieca is too much! 12:04 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: http://www.telegra ph.co.uk/culture/m usic/opera/9568889 /Elina-Garanca-We- mezzos-get-to... 12:01 PM
  • Baltsamic Vinaigrette: Indeed I remember you mentioned this before, Monty; I wonder if you attended on the... 11:51 AM
  • Dabrowski: Where did I see an interview with Garan?a where she talked about moving into Wagner? 11:51 AM
  • manou: La Cieca on the other hand has called British critics “a passel of overeducated prats”,... 11:47 AM
  • armerjacquino: It’s a tag. 11:42 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 »