Cher Public

  • NPW-Paris: It was in February 2007 at the Bastille, with Anick Massis, Anna-Caterina Antonacci and Chris Merritt, and yes, the blog has a... 1:33 AM
  • zinka: 26:52 is the duet….. 12:38 AM
  • zinka: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=a7kN -KxKL7w LEYLA!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! Papian was chest-less when I saw her..She is... 12:37 AM
  • Batty Masetto: Definitely a wig, though unusually for BSO, a pretty good one. I noticed a major change in her hair before her scene in... 11:31 PM
  • Krunoslav: I read one that was scathing, and he deserved it. But a lot of mainstream critics seem to like Silvestrelli. 11:19 PM
  • Krunoslav: ” I had seen the opera performed years ago with Anja Silja as the Kostelnicka and Elisabeth Soderstrom as Jehufa,”... 11:15 PM
  • laddie: I don’t know but I thought they slipped a wig on her sometime backstage prior to the shearing. It just looked more like a... 10:59 PM
  • Camille: P.S. To dear Genevieve — and a Word to the Wise: be mighty careful when dispensing your snake wine and tell m. croche to be wary... 10:42 PM

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 »