Despite the participation of venerable composer Carlisle Floyd, the only distinction Prince of Players can claim is as the worst drag show in Manhattan. [Observer]
Just discovered: a Swedish documentary about Birgit Nilsson, featuring footage of the diva at the Met getting ready to sing Tosca opposite Gianni Raimondi (replacing Franco Corelli who was apparently ill), giving a party for fans in her modest sublet, giggling, preparing for a recital tour, rehearsing Tristan und Isolde and generally doing interesting things. (Narration is in Swedish, but in the New York sequences, Nilsson and others mostly speak English.) Read more »
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
Sleeveless Anna Netrebko performs scenes from Verdi’s Macbeth. Read more »
Today on Operavore, Our Own JJ talks about wig-pulling catfights. Also heard in passing are Marilyn Horne and Susan Graham.
It’s easiest to write reviews when there are soaring triumphs and miserable failures.
Separated at the 14th Street wig store: drag queen Lady Bunny and Disney princess Diana Damrau.
Here, on what appears to have been a rather chilly evening, are Michael Fabiano and his “mom” Renée Fleming in Die Walküre Lucrezia Borgia at the San Francisco Opera.
Awesome Anna Netrebko wraps her considerable talent around a the Europop hit “La Voix.” Note the correct use of hair extensions (without those ridiculous “rocker chick” bangs) and the plain but striking red gown.
We may have a contender in the category of Most Overdone Camp Diva Crossover Hair Extension.
What 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 […]