Cher Public

  • Cicciabella: That’s this evening taken care of then. 2:57 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Orange: http://www.choregi es.fr/programme.ht ml 1:41 AM
  • NPW-Paris: And subscription sales start the same day. Panic as usual. 1:38 AM
  • NPW-Paris: Aix en Provence: http://festival-ai x.com/fr 1:36 AM
  • pirelli: Didn’t Leoncavallo write Zsa-Zsa?? 1:20 AM
  • La Cieca: DAMN! 1:07 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: Brava brava, Karita! Please come back and sing Makropoulos for us!!!! 12:47 AM
  • Flora del Rio Grande: please read ‘dear’ for ‘day’ in my post. 12:43 AM

High notes on camp

“In naïve, or pure, Camp, the essential element is seriousness, a seriousness that fails. Of course, not all seriousness that fails can be redeemed as Camp. Only that which has the proper mixture of the exaggerated, the fantastic, the passionate, and the naïve.” (Susan Sontag)   Read more »

The recursion of kitsch

Like the double or triple negative (where theoretically pairs of “nots” cancel each other out, but in practice you can’t be so sure) this tidbit of news La Cieca just read has her confused and uncertain. It seems that at a recital in Tulsa last night, Dame Kiri te Kanawa sang as an encore a Jake Heggie setting of Maria Callas‘s final monologue from Terrence McNally‘s Master Class. You know, the one that McNally didn’t actually write but rather collated from some random remarks Callas made in an entirely different emotional context. Read more »