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