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  • m. croche: If you can’t come up with more than two MET-worthy operas written since 1945, I’d say... 10:24 PM
  • Hippolyte: I’ve been attending the Met regularly for over 30 years more often than not sitting (or... 10:07 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Never really cared for him in movies, and obviously not old enough to have seen him live and... 9:59 PM
  • PCally: The Rake’s Progress was staged at La Monnaie and subsequently traveled/was supposed to travel... 9:54 PM
  • Hans Lick: The problem with doing dramatically tight and focused productions at the Met for some hypothetical... 9:39 PM
  • m. croche: Jolson’s style has dated terribly, but I don’t know how many performers of his generation still... 9:36 PM
  • Hans Lick: PCally – Where did Lepage stage The Rake’s Progress? I feel that he basically did not... 9:34 PM
  • aulus agerius: When I grew up in GA in the 50s minstrels were regular fundraising events for PTAs and high... 9:30 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’ve not once seen a Zeff or Schenk production where the singers didn’t look as if they’d... 9:05 PM
  • La Cieca: Apparently (according to those who were there) he had enormous magnetism in live performance. The... 8:54 PM

A Life in the Theater

Devotees of Dawn Fatale (and you are legion!) will be delighted to hear that the parterre scribe made an early (2001!) appearance in issue #45 of parterre box the queer opera zine, ranting about the “squish-squish school of opera direction.” This groundbreaking issue also includes in-depth interviews with the legendary, lovely Anja Silja (in town to perform Vec Makropulos at BAM) and frequently-nude countertenor David Walker; plus reviews from around the world, La Cieca’s occasionally accurate gossip, and a do-it=yourself interview with “Lanfranco Madlibbo.” [Download Issue #45]

Wednesday with Mary

La Cieca apologizes for her tardiness in saluting dear Mary this week, but she thinks you will agree it’s worth the wait: ”Miss Garden’s costume differs in a marked degree from those her predecessors have worn.  When she first enters she wears a manteau of bright orange silk embroidered with startling green and blue flowers and sparkling with spangles.  Later she removes this mantle, under which appears a tight-fitting garment of netted gold, with designs in rubies and rhinestones, which falls from somewhere above the waist line to her ankles. For the dance itself, this also is removed, and Mary appears in a small piece of nearly transparent flesh-colored silk. Her feet are bare, her arms are bare and—really it is impossible to describe this costume.” [New York Times]

The naked and the dead

The controversial production of La traviata from La Monnaie directed by Andrea Breth is now available for viewing online. Embedded video (NSFW, contains nudity and other adult-type stuff) after the jump. Read more »

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Stocking stuffer

Randal Turner, pictured above, is but one of 33 barihunks featured in—who ever would have guessed?— “the first Barihunks calendar,” just in time for holiday giving and receiving. All proceeds from the calendar, available at the Barihunks site, will be donated to young artist programs. (Photo by Sarah Wells)

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Salo, me

David McVicar’s ravishingly lurid 2008 production of Strauss’s Salome for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden has been issued as an HD-filmed DVD from Opus Arte.  Now, Strauss’s music is ravishingly lurid on its own, so I came to this production, which claims as a visual source reference the Pasolini film Salo, The 120 Days of Sodom, with some trepidation about “ugly image overload.”

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A thousand words is worth a picture

You know how La Cieca gets when one of her darling Regie productions gets dissed sight unseen, as happened on these shores with last Sunday’s unveiling of the Hans Neuenfels Lohengrin at Bayreuth. (Not so much on this site, because La Cieca is happy to report that here at dear parterre.com all schools of opinion—even stupid ones—are given a full measure of respect.)

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Verklärte Nackt

Our Own JJ lends his voice to the debate about nudity in art this afternoon on WNYC’s Soundcheck. UPDATE: you can now listen to the show after the jump.

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Free Wilis

Roberto Bolle dances Giselle au naturel. (Video after the jump, NSFW, naturally.)

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