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"Shirtless Teddy Tahu Rhodes Doing Push Ups"

Posted in barihunk, tete de peau on January 30, 2008 by lacieca

pen palOh, what more delightful headline can be imagined? Well, perhaps “Florida free-fall sends Giuliani from hero to zero” — that’s great news too. But back to important matters. Did La Cieca mention that for his current stint in Dead Man Walking The Teddster has shaved his head?

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Tit for tat

Posted in 2008, 2009, barihunk, blog, maury d'annato, opéra bouffe. barihunk, san francisco, the opera tattler on January 17, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca has Maury D’annato to thank for (passively) calling her attention to the blog The Opera Tattler, which in recent days has been detailing next season’s plans in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other opera companies of the Transhudson. (The) Opera Tattler also reviews a lot of West Coast opera, and at least so far as La Cieca has read, his (?) blogatorial voice is either very arch or very sincere, either of which is fine by me. (“However, perhaps I should go to Bayreuth in 2009, since I will have the time,” writes the Tattler. How can you not love that?)

More bloggerei (in Italian, but it’s penetrable enough) may be found on the wild ‘n’ wacky site Opéra Bouffe, one of many various efforts by the lovely and apparently tireless Giorgia Meschini. At the moment attention at the Bouffe is split between the”new” Zeffirelli production of Tosca at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the recent purchase of “le boat slippers dell’Adidas, blu e oro. Con ‘Respect’ stampato sulla linguetta… ‘firmate’ da Missy Elliott.” Bloggy!

Then Opéra Bouffe pointed your doyenne to the utterly necessary Schrott-Locator ™: ¿donde está Erwin?. Even Barihunks doesn’t have this level of detail.

Do you come from a land down under?

Posted in barihunk, hard gay gay gay gay gay, youtube on November 24, 2007 by lacieca

Here’s Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Don Giovanni at Opera Australia. La Cieca is, for once, speechless.

UPDATE: Imagine La Cieca’s surprise when she found out there is already video of this production!

Lookism? Again?

Posted in barihunk, chicago, hunkentenor, youtube on November 3, 2007 by lacieca

Yet another rehash of the great voice vs. waistline debate, this time in the Chicago Daily Herald. Nicole Cabell laments the scarcity of European gyms, while “hunken-tenor” Joseph Kaiser plants his feet firmly on both sides of the fence by declaring, “Essentially if you can be healthy about being healthy, that’s the balance to find because there’s a lot of unhealthy ways to be ‘healthy.'”

Usual suspects Deborah Voigt and Nathan Gunn offer no comment, but “bari-hunk” Mariusz Kwiecien is willing go on the record that he is “not an extremely good looking guy.” (Obviously he didn’t take a good look at this photo accompanying the article!)

Is anyone surprised to hear that the most sensible one of the bunch is the mezzo? “There is no denying the influence of the mass media culture of today on opera, but I think it’s naïve to think that the idea of ‘glamour’ is nothing new to opera,” says Joyce DiDonato. “Look at all the old diva photos from the 1920s and ’30s and you see many svelte, sexy ladies at the height of their powers.”

La Cieca herself couldn’t say it more eloquently, so she’ll turn the program over to radiant Rosa Ponselle. The diva is 39 here, just a year before her retirement from the Met:

Holy….!

Posted in barihunk on October 27, 2007 by lacieca


More photos of Erwin Schrott and (by the way) a story about the Washington National Opera’s new production of Don Giovanni at PlaybillArts. (A Don G. this hot may well transform DC to AC!)

Too darn Schrott?

Posted in 2007, barihunk, met on October 3, 2007 by lacieca

Reactions to last night’s Figaro prima? Anyone?

Bendel bonnet, Shakespeare sonnet, Mickey Mouse

Posted in barihunk, gay gay gay gay gay, hunkentenor, per sempre dick on September 26, 2007 by lacieca

Maury D’annato: “Isn’t there probably some sort of unspoken crypto-paleo-musico-semantic rule governing that baritone=top and tenor=bottom?”