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Deliberate cruelty is unforgivable

For the second performance of Renée Fleming‘s “Perspectives” performances at Carnegie Hall she chose a semi-staged version of André Previn‘s A Streetcar Named Desire, with the “People’s Diva” herself in the iconic role of the unstable Blanche DuBois.  Bravo to her for choosing an opera based on an American subject matter that had yet to be presented in NYC!  Bravo to her for arriving at a level of celestial operatic stardom that allows her to cherry pick all manner of repertoire for her own series of concerts presented at Carnegie Hall!

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Sexual perversity in Chicago

“These few minutes provide all the sex, violence and surreal trashiness to justify Mr. Bieito’s reputation for being controversial and provocative. Less predictable, perhaps, is the quiet love scene that follows all that raucous spectacle. It’s less showy, less broad, less, well, Bieito-like.” In what surely must count as La Cieca’s idea of a perfect storm, Zachary Woolfe interviews Calixto Bieito in the New York Times.