Cher Public

Salo, me

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.” Read more »

The unanswered question

wobblies“Why is the needlessly naked executioner so coy about showing us his wobbly bits?” [The Telegraph]

dead heat

La Cieca is surprised to note that with only a day left in the spectacular Which Witch competition, there are only a few official entries, with a tie (10 correct each) between the top two contenders. It may be that your doyenne got a little cocky this time around and made the quiz impossibly difficult to solve, or (anything can happen!) perhaps the cher public have other things on their mind, e.g., Duncan Meadows‘s thing.

Anyway, here’s what La Cieca proposes. Suppose you, the public, select three of the 13 Ulricas you are having particular trouble identifying, and your doyenne will supply longer excerpts of each singer to facilitate the identification a little. In order to level the playing field entirely, those of you who have already submitted an entry in the contest will have the option of offering another guess. From this point, though, only one entry per email address will be considered.

All right then, which of the 13 Ulricas would you like to hear more from? You may vote for up to three. The poll will finish at 10:00 pm tonight and La Cieca will post the longer excerpts for the three you choose later tonight. The contest as a whole will still finish at midnight tomorrow, Halloween night, October 31.

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full dorsal

A bit of Salome from the Royal Opera, with a somewhat less skittish sense of cinematography than what we got from the Met’s HD! [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/nBAbXZptfIk” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Finally a chance to see Naked Busker Guy Duncan Meadows in action! (And, forgive La Cieca for saying so, but if your leading lady sounds like Nadja Michael, you’d better offer your audience something extra for their money.)

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lieben, hassen, hoffen, busken

La Cieca has just learned more details about the Royal Opera’s Naked Executioner Guy and she’s sure that we all want to stay right on top of the story. Naked Executioner Guys’s real name is Duncan Meadows. He is a busker who, like so many in the busking biz, does the bulk of his bulking in the Covent Garden area.

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