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  • Quanto Painy Fakor: This news about the Ian Campbell buy off is disgusting! http://www.kpbs... 9:44 AM
  • La Cieca: Oh boo hoo. The armchair served a specific purpose dramatically and the straight back chairs were,... 9:38 AM
  • aulus agerius: “What chairs?” There was the ubiquitous armchair which was a focal point of the... 9:22 AM
  • manou: Ah, but a great touch of originality here “…most ly in black and white against video... 8:41 AM
  • Krunoslav: Bad guys wearing Ray Bans onstage – what an unaccustomed image! 8:33 AM
  • La Cieca: What chairs? The first scene of the opera takes place in what is apparently a reception area for... 5:11 AM
  • manou: Elephant dung is so passé (cf Chris Ofili). I am sure we can rely on Bieito to find other more... 5:04 AM
  • Porgy Amor: He was not OK IMO — he nearly derailed the duet, for example, as I’m sure everyone heard.... 1:51 AM
  • John L: Orestes, I was also expecting some kind of crazy pyrotechnics when they had Brunnhilde lay on a disc... 12:25 AM
  • m. croche: A small part of me hopes that when Bieito stages Forza at the Met, he has all the characters sit... 11:38 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]

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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