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  • Krunoslav: I fond of SIEGFRIED, but find the Erda/Wanderer scene to be lesser music, even when enacted by performers of immense skill (... 4:09 PM
  • NPW-Paris: Of course, I won’t miss Isfahan – one of the loveliest cities I’ve ever visited. I’ll be travelling... 4:08 PM
  • NPW-Paris: I think I mentioned that friends of mine saw it there and told me “On s’est éclaté comme des bêtes” –... 4:05 PM
  • kashania: I hear they’ve made great strides in rhino-training business. ;) 4:01 PM
  • danpatter: Just finished listening to this, and I enjoyed it very much. I don’t speak the language, so I relied on a rather skimpy... 3:59 PM
  • Krunoslav: ” I wish I could send you my pix of Isola di Ortigia” http://media-cache 6x/d5/94/c6/d59... 3:51 PM
  • Krunoslav: “In tents pitched near the Persian ruins at Persepolis, Agnew became fast friends with international royalty.” A famous... 3:36 PM
  • kashania: Amazing that there’s not a single Persian dish on that menu. LOL 3:31 PM

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]


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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