Cher Public

  • Camille: Oh, so you walked, NPW? well, good for you. Life’s too short to suffer a bad performance is what I say. Don’t write... 8:40 PM
  • Camille: The singing on this one is really just about what I always want to hear but seldom do. I will keep this one for good. The color... 8:36 PM
  • Camille: I have two words: STOP IT! This is a brand new level of filth, one which is rare to encounter and usually only from the most... 8:31 PM
  • Camille: BRAVO, grimoaldo! I’m standing up as I say this. A delightful report chock filled with good things. I am hoping this will... 8:16 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Actually, I was in the house for the performance last Thursday and thought Giordani sounded much better (I... 7:46 PM
  • DonCarloFanatic: Enjoying it very much. Giordani sounds pretty good. Smaller house = less effortful singing? 7:25 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: How about “Cackle and be Flat?” 6:35 PM
  • irontongue: Krunoslav and Marianne, right you are. Sorry; I should have checked the Met archive first. 6:06 PM

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miami_beach_thumbWhat a concept, or La Cieca should say what a concept! This is Regie at its finest and most boldly satirical, genius that makes Graham Vick look like two-day-old steak frites. For this production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, the director (unnamed, alas in the YouTube clip below) utilizes the cinematic convention of the flash-forward in a postmodern epoch-bending variation. What if, this staging asks, Manon were to survive her various torments and travails? What would her life be like at, say, age 60? And what if, instead of hanging around mosquito-ridden Louisiana, she invested in a condo in Miami Beach (circa 1975)?  Read more »