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There was skating on the Yangtze last night

sonjaIn promoting the Great Performances at the Met telecast of Turandot, the copywriter for Channel 13 seems to miss the point by about as wide a mark as possible without actually hitting another point.  Read more »

Market Sher

bartmanLa Cieca hears that Bartlett Sher has already signed a new three-opera deal with the Met. The director, who completes his first trifecta with next season’s Le Comte Ory, will reportedly return to the company in 2013-2014 for two productions, one of which will be that new Nico Muhly work, Two and a Half Men or whatever it’s called.  Read more »

Stand by Mimi

netrebko_mimi“The Met’s been cleaning house of its lavish Franco Zeffirelli productions, mothballing his Tosca and Carmen earlier this season. But his staging of Puccini’s La Boheme remains a keeper, packing a punch 28 years after its premiere.”

Our Own JJ goes gaga for Anna in the New York Post.

Lady sings the blues

DanielaDessi_apThere’s lots of coverage in both Italian and English-language media today about how Franco Zeffirelli (sort of) called Daniela Dessì “fat.” La Cieca chose this one because it had the funniest pictures. [The Telegraph]

E avanti a lui fischiava tutta Roma

“A Zeffirelli, dopo le polemiche della vigilia che lo hanno opposto al soprano Daniela Dessì, da lui ritenuta non giusta per il ruolo di Violetta in questa Traviata, qualche dissenso misto agli applausi al momento di comparire in proscenio assieme a Gelmetti.” [Il Messaggero]

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Physical culture

So La Cieca can only assume at this point that Franco Zeffirelli wants to spare his family the expense of an elaborate funeral, because he does seem to be going out of his way to alienate not only colleagues but the public as well.  Now the legendary stage director has protested the appearance of popular soprano Daniela Dessì in “his” Traviata, complaining that she lacks the proper physique du rôle! 

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The Grey Lady Has an Interview

The New York Times, in its never-ending quest to find more expensive and less relevant ways to cover the arts, has dispatched Daniel J. Wakin to Rome for an in-depth conversation with the man of the hour, Franco Zeffirelli. The legendary stage director, conceding that he has not had a fair chance to tell his side of the Tosca story in the pages of the Times, agreed to unprecedented access for Wakin and the paper’s videographers. A snippet of the hard-hitting interview follows the jump.

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