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  • Carlo: The Met should bring back some of their great productions of the recent past: Benvenuto Cellini,... 8:59 PM
  • manou: Brava diva Rowna! 8:55 PM
  • manou: Completely OT and not even related to vestigial caudal appendages – but I just saw the prima of... 8:51 PM
  • mia apulia: yes, this is lovely and refreshing, thank you 8:46 PM
  • Clita del Toro: Temperament? Sense it? Hardly. Nice coloratura. I am sorry, she’s good, but neither her... 7:31 PM
  • Rudolf: Thank you, A. Poggia Turra, for posting these 3 YouTube snippets. To me, the most interesting is... 6:45 PM
  • Rory Williams: LOL @ Batty’s link. Syndactylism was associated with the Stuarts. Maybe Huey, Dewey, and... 6:36 PM
  • Poison Ivy: No, but the theory’s always fascinated me. It is true that Akhenaten was the first Egyptian... 6:20 PM
  • Poison Ivy: One irony is that prudish Victoria and Albert’s personal love of sex did so much damage to... 6:17 PM
  • manou: Have you been reading Moses And Monotheism Ivy? 6:12 PM

“Where was Liam Joshua?”

“Anyone looking for orgiastic obscenity in Calixto Bieito‘s production of Carmen at the London Coliseum, will be bitterly disappointed, writes Rupert Christiansen.” [The Telegraph]

Reader, I shagged him

Deborah Orr (“one of Britain’s leading social and political commentators”) doesn’t know much about opera, but she does know she prefers opera to al fresco gay sex. At least I think that’s what she’s talking about in The Guardian.

Vicar aghast at codswallop

fatherjackto7

“Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the alternatives, a home-grown voice, properly schooled, transforms the sound of Verdi. It is not just the diction or timbre. It is the tradition . . . . Nicholas Hytner’s staging … remains earthbound. Why is it that successive National Theatre directors, upon entering the Royal Opera House, automatically capitulate to operatic convention?” [Financial Times]