Cher Public

  • armerjacquino: You get a Hall Pass for that one. 6:21 PM
  • Porgy Amor: From a distance, it would be an easy mistake to make even for someone who does know what Bieito looks like. They’re... 6:08 PM
  • Krunoslav: “playing her as a stony sociopath ” Q: Do you like Ewing? A: I don’t know, I’ve never ewed. 5:51 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=kSuM PY34KfE 5:43 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Yeah, it’s mostly not too outrageous, though a couple of gestures did seem a little epater-la-bourgeoi sie-y. I’m... 5:39 PM
  • Greg.Freed: For a counterpoint, my friend the actual critic in the Chronicle disagreed with me on I think every single point! 5:21 PM
  • Greg.Freed: Oof, embarrassing. I don’t know what Bieito looks like and just assumed. The reviewer regrets the error. 5:19 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I have missed you here! So perhaps Carmen is Bieito on best behavior. That has long been its rep. If someone who would get all... 4:44 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

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“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]