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Mad about the boy

Posted in countertenor, crossover, gay gay gay gay gay, youtube on January 24, 2008 by lacieca

Fleming-Bocelli ticket in 2008

Posted in domingo, fleming, gay gay gay gay gay, gelb, midgette, our own on January 14, 2008 by lacieca

The Washington National Opera has announced their 2008-2009 season will feature headliners Renée Fleming and Andrea Bocelli under the artistic direction of Plácido Domingo. According to an article by Our Own Anne Midgette in today’s Washington Post, The Beautiful Voice will grace a new production of Donizetti’s Lucrezia Borgia, an opera that has deep personal significance for the diva. Directing the opera will be “John Pascoe, a friend of Fleming’s.” Pascoe designed the leather jerkin Erwin Schrott sported in last season’s Don Giovanni at WNO, so his credentials as an FOF are already well-established.

Alas, Fleming and Bocelli will not actually share a performance at WNO, since his vocal contribution will be limited to a pair of performances of Rossini’s “Petite Messe Solennelle.”

Family values will be honored this season as Domingo’s wife Marta will direct La traviata and Keri-Lynn Wilson (Mrs. Peter Gelb) will conduct Turandot.

Circular reasoning

Posted in bathroom humor, gay gay gay gay gay, wagner on December 27, 2007 by lacieca

“As implied by the title, this collection probes deeply into Wagner’s vast Ring…. Among the highlights is the revealing chapter on the many characters than Wagner has managed to cram into his Ring. Also covered are the brass instruments that Wagner designed specifically for use within his Ring.”

The infelicitous title of this musiciological study has led to a veritable festival of punning reviews over at amazon.com.

Fan male

Posted in gay gay gay gay gay, youtube on December 11, 2007 by lacieca

This video indicates some of the underlying reasons for the recent shocking increase in acts of violence against character tenors.

Too many sources!

Posted in alex ross, critic, festoonery, gay gay gay gay gay on November 25, 2007 by lacieca

“My theory: Composers who ignore significant parts of their being – nationality included – cut their creativity off at the knees. Barber was being derivative in self-defeating ways out of deference to the operatic genre. Bernstein, in comparison, was out to tell important stories using the most effective means possible…” David Patrick Stearns adds his voice to the debate about Vanessa in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Oh, and La Cieca has discovered where she read the line about Vanessa being the American Adriana Lecouvreur. It’s from the “Goings On About Town” column in the New Yorker. (Since the subject is classical music, one assumes Alex Ross at least contributed to the piece, though it’s unclear whether the “Adriana” mot is an authentic Rossism.)

And finally, La Cieca was just remembering something she was giggling about during the performance of Vanessa at the NYCO. One couldn’t help noticing that Lauren Flanigan was, well, just a little on the zaftig side, and that her costumes were not exactly slenderizing. So, in the second scene, after the “Under the Willow Tree” number, Flanigan smoothed down her skirt and sang “Erika, I am so happy. I know now…” However, what La Cieca heard was not “happy” but “hippy” which under the circumstances made just as much sense: “Erika, I am so hippy.”

Unfortunately, that word “happy” does crop up again frequently again in the libretto, so La Cieca just about disgraced herself snickering:

Vanessa: “Good morning, Pastor, we shall soon be ready. Have some coffee with us. Oh, how hippy I feel this morning, how hippy!”

The Doctor: “I know you will make a hippy couple.”

Erika: “Please forget me. Make her hippy, Anatol” and “Goodbye, be hippy, Aunt Vanessa, please be hippy.”

Love has a bitter core, Vanessa

Posted in gay gay gay gay gay, meine nippen sie küssen so heiß, voigt on November 20, 2007 by lacieca

Photo by Dan Rest, Lyric Opera of Chicago

Oh, all right, La Cieca admits it, this is not a photo from a production of Vanessa. She will say, though, that this is what a production of Vanessa should look like, and hold the scrim trees.

In fact, this is a scene from Lyric Opera of Chicago‘s new Die Frau ohne Schatten, which by the way your doyenne will be hearing next week. Expect a full report the first week of December.

Speaking of Vanessa, here’s a representative of The Younger Generation of the Gays with his take.

JJ and the City

Posted in critic, gay gay gay gay gay, gcn, jj, nyco, our own on November 16, 2007 by lacieca

“Soprano Lauren Flanigan turned her vaunted acting skills to the task of portraying the sophisticated allure of Vanessa, hampered more than a little by a stiff auburn wig and dowdy costumes that left her looking like Nellie Oleson’s mother. Happily, on November 8, Flanigan was in superb voice, sailing fearlessly up to fiery high B’s and C’s and plunging into a well-projected chest register.” Our Own JJ reviews NYCO’s Vanessa and Cendrillion for Gay City News.

Please do try to forgive the weird é characters that somehow crept into the text; the editors at GCN are working on transforming them back into their original e aigu (é) state.