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Beyond the forest

Ordinarily if La Cieca assigned me an opera revolving around chastity vows, adultery, slut-shaming, lesbianism, transvestism and much more I’d grit my teeth and head for a grim new work at, say, National Sawdust in Williamsburg. Instead, Sunday afternoon found me at Juilliard Opera for a 365-year-old comedy: Cavalli and Faustini’s delicious La Calisto in a superbly imaginative mounting by young director-choreographer Zack WinokurRead more »

Slut shaming

“…Manon as a gold-digger from the start. There’s no innocence to be lost, and no contest between impoverished love with Des Grieux and riches with the morally bankrupt De Brétigny; this Manon kisses the boys, shows some leg, and goes for the money every time.” The Wall Street Journal‘s Heidi Waleson is the latest to chime in with the “Manon must be an innocent virginal child” thesis, and La Cieca is uneasy about the implications of this line of reasoning. Read more »