Headshot of La Cieca

Cher Public

  • Jamie01: I’m very skeptical of a 30 minute intermission. And a 7:30 start really means they dim the... 1:31 PM
  • perfidia: Sorry. Greg Morris. Now and forever. 1:30 PM
  • Krunoslav: ” …the pauses for scene changes should be very brief to nonexistent.” ; Wish that... 1:16 PM
  • Krunoslav: Boy, rysanekfreak, I HATE that Shaving Scene and think it be far the worst music in any of the... 1:15 PM
  • rysanekfreak: How many times have y’all seen the Zerlina-Leporello duet in Act II of Don Giovanni? I... 1:00 PM
  • rysanekfreak: Mae West would probably tell you that “shorter is not better.” 12:55 PM
  • MontyNostry: manou, for shame! 12:50 PM
  • manou: Should there be one less “o” in her last name? 12:17 PM
  • MontyNostry: Witch, ya know! 12:07 PM
  • Lindoro Almaviva: have you considered that the idea behind this was not entirely visual but also aural? You... 11:56 AM

How monarchic was my sprezzatura!

“Yet the evening’s first words, heard in the set-piece Ombra ma fui—like all of Xerxes’ arias sung with monarchic sprezzatura and amoral relish by Stella Doufexis—came unexpectedly in Italian. It was flagrant violation of this house’s fundamental principle, here brushed aside by the cultural capital of the aria and deemed insufficient to sunder the inextricable bonds between the Italian text and Handel’s melody. It was as if the composer and his music, through his advocate Herheim, was holding ground at least at the outset against appropriation of his music by the moderns.”

Oh, what’s not to like in a review like this one?