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  • CwbyLA: Great review Albert! So informative. It was a great pleasure to read it. I saw the work in Santa Fe last year. It was my first... 2:25 AM
  • Vergin Vezzosa: My out on a limb guess for Salome next season at the Met is Lisa Lindstrom. Please not Nada M.. Next week we will know. 2:18 AM
  • NPW-Paris: As it happens, so did I. I only ever saw her once before in in I Capuleti, and it wasn’t a great evening – at... 1:39 AM
  • Niel Rishoi: A sheer pleasure to read your intelligent words, Albert – thank you so much! 1:17 AM
  • dgf: In a word, sublime! 1:04 AM
  • la vociaccia: A lot have announced already. The Met is quite slow for that level of company. Houston, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco,... 12:58 AM
  • Pia Ngere-Liu: I agree – at least two per month. 12:54 AM
  • la vociaccia: Yeah I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s probably, you know, Die Michael… 12:52 AM

Drama queen

The very first words in this issue are “Renata Scotto will return to the American operatic stage in the 2001 season!” And if just gets more exciting from there!  Casting and repertoire gossip from all over the place; the Top 50 Excuses for Jane Eaglen‘s Isolde; reviews by Dawn Fatale, Qual Cor, Enzo Bordello, Doug Peck, Richard and Peter, Flora Bervoix and The Loge Lizard; Leila de Lakmé pays tribute to Leonie Rysanek, and that notorious “artist’s conception” of Renée Fleming with the nekkid guys in Alcina. [Download Issue #39]

Dear Penthouse Forum

BRUCE ZINGER PHOTO“When Canadian soprano Meghan Lindsay agreed to appear in the title role of Handel’s opera Alcina for Opera Atelier’s 2014-15 season, she never thought her job description would include standing on a stepladder for three hours, naked, except for 20,000 leaves hot-glue-gunned onto a piece of fabric. Oh yes, and there were seven naked men on the ground around her.” [The Star]

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]

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Double digits

Promiscuous — it’s not a pretty word. But when a matron in black underwear cavorts with two dozen naked hunks, what else can you call her?

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bulbs

“And the portions are so large!”

A parterre reader just back from the matinee of Powder Her Face relates this story of two elderly ladies seated in the second row…

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naked

Wang Center

Now it seems the NYCO’s Duchess of Argyll will have to make do with a mere 25 lovers  in the company’s production of Powder Her Face—instead of the originally planned 88.

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Artistic license

“Greek Fire…. will see [Eva] Mendes playing the role of famed opera singer Maria Callas, but don’t expect her to be doing any arias, or even lip-synching for that matter. Instead, the biographical drama will focus on Callas’ scandalous affair with shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis.” [Toronto Sun]

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Blinded item

Which tenor, who’s notorious for his off-the-chain antics, recently gave his colleagues the willies when he sauntered about backstage butt-naked?

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The unanswered question

“Why is the needlessly naked executioner so coy about showing us his wobbly bits?” [The Telegraph]

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