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  • kashania: Manou: Thank you for your review, which I read with interest. I’m glad you came back. It would’ve been... 12:44 PM
  • Batty Masetto: When I was at Oberlin, we did think of it as Midwest even though our cultural focus was more on New York than on Chicago... 12:38 PM
  • phoenix: Covington, KY – right across the river. It was a great airport years ago. - Now, for E- + those devout wikipedians amongst... 12:35 PM
  • Cicciabella: So Musetta is Mimi’s understudy. Who understudies Musetta? The mother of the child whining for toys in Act II? 12:02 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: First time I flew to Cinti, we landed in Kentucky! 11:59 AM
  • manou: http://www.roh.org .uk/people/ekateri na-bakanova 11:48 AM
  • Cicciabella: Yoncheva out of tonight’s ROH Traviata. Bakanova in. Who is Bakanova? 11:44 AM
  • phoenix: Thanks – glad you mentioned the lighting. - As for the chairs, they should be unmovable – operahouses must be fined... 11:42 AM

Angelina’s ashes

Beloved literary asshole Milan Kundera has a well-developed understanding of kitsch. “Kitsch,” he writes, as if on cue, “causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass!” Kitsch, I would clumsily add, is the second yuk. It says: how nice to be part of the laugh track.   Read more »

Hung up

What other company indeed but the Bayerische Staatsoper would commission David LaChapelle to photograph Diana Damrau for their portrait gallery? (And, not to put too fine a point on it, what’s the deal with the dead naked guy?) [Flaunt]

Fairy-lit

It was dear Oscar Wilde, wasn’t it, who devised that early mot du jour “Good writers borrow; great writers steal,” an aphorism that has since been borrowed by many. La Cieca will leave it up to the reader to decide whether the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of La traviata ranks as a “good” or a “great” example of idea appropriation; meanwhile she will just sit back and marvel at Francesca Zambello‘s idea that setting Verdi’s opera on an comically oversized silver tea tray beneath an even more comically oversized chandelier might be considered “art” anywhere in the civilized world. (So shiny!) Read more »

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falling upward continues

Francesca Zambello (center), universally critically slammed for her production of The Little Mermaid, has been tapped as director of yet another musical, as if Little House on the Prairie and Rebecca are not enough to keep her busy.  She’s helming First Wives’ Club for a July opening at the Old Globe Theatre in Baltimore San Diego, with a Broadway bow contemplated in the fall. The good news is, the more musical theater Cesca directs, the less opera she gets her hands on. So La Cieca won’t complain.

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