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Cher Public

  • Feldmarschallin: Yes I know that that is why I asked where you were sitting since I will be upstairs in the... 7:36 AM
  • florezrocks: sadly won’t be there — but excited for DiDonato recital next week! 7:30 AM
  • florezrocks: Thank you for the warm feedback and tips!! 7:26 AM
  • Lohengrin: I will NOT sit in Königsloge! But I am used to meet my friends there at the bar. 7:23 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Yes I saw the article about ML in Engelloge on Tuesday in SZ. Everyone has always managed to... 6:58 AM
  • Lohengrin: My MLs are 19. and 27.Nov. may be 4.Dez. I use to be in front of the Königsloge during... 6:48 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well what went on sale so far I have. I don’t like to count my chickens before they... 6:09 AM
  • ML: Gott in seinen himmlischen Farben! 5:55 AM
  • ML: Did you get your “ML” ticket(s)? 5:52 AM
  • ML: … and Parterre is the poorer without him. 5:51 AM

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 »

falling upward continues

zambello_mermaid

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.