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Jerry duty

Posted in blasphemous musicals, gcn, jj, our own on January 23, 2008 by lacieca

Perhaps the last people in the world still interested in Jerry Springer: the Opera are trying to get together a protest against the January 29 Carnegie Hall concert performance of the “patently obscene and viciously anti-Christian musical.” Our own JJ, you know, saw the show in London way back when Jenny Larmore was still fat, and this is some of what he had to say:

… the level of wit rarely rose to that of a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The one-joke concept is tipped off in the title: we hear, for example, a countertenor “chick with a dick” shrieking “Talk to the hand!” in mock-Wagnerian hysteria …. Oh, how the audience roared every time anyone said the f-word, which added up to about 500 laughs in the course of the evening. Among the huge cast, the clear standout was David Bedella (Warm Up Man/Satan), a triple-threat star personality with a seemingly limitless vocal range.

Bedella reprises his role at Carnegie, which is the only reason La Cieca would recommend the show. Well, the only reason besides pissing off Bill Donohue, who apparently has free time on his hands when he’s not taking on Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Kathy Griffin, Mike Huckabee and Chocolate Jesus.

La Cieca gives major props to the editor of catholicleague.org, though, for hed writing skillz: “CHRISTIANS SAVAGED AT CARNEGIE HALL” is a grabber!

Winter storms

Posted in critic, gcn, jj, met, our own on January 17, 2008 by lacieca

“The presence of the voiceless Rosalind Plowright in the supporting role of Gertrude demonstrates the folly of the Met’s notoriously Britcentric artistic administration. Surely there are dozens of equally over-the-hill American mezzos who could have shrieked the role just as atonally.”

Our own JJ reviews the Met’s productions of Hansel and Gretel, Die Walküre and Un ballo in maschera in Gay City News. JJ’s previous scribblings in the queer rag be found in the archives for 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

Exotica

Posted in chicago, gcn, jj, met, our own on December 21, 2007 by lacieca

Last month our own JJ took in a trio of less than standard operas: Giulio Cesare and Die Frau ohne Schatten in Chicago, and Iphigénie en Tauride right here in New York. The review is in Gay City News, of course.

The Kid Stays in the Picture

Posted in critic, gcn on December 14, 2007 by lacieca

The newest member of the gaggle of Gay City News opera critic, Eli Jacobson, critiques recent NYC performances by Opera Grattacielo and Collegiate Chorale.

Running, standing and jumping Gaul

Posted in bel canto, gcn, jj, met, our own on November 29, 2007 by lacieca

“Legendary maestro Tullio Serafin once said that trying to perform Bellini’s Norma without a great soprano is as futile as attempting to cook risotto without rice. This month, the Metropolitan Opera experimented with such a recipe with less than palatable results.”

Our Own JJ reviews Hasmik Papian‘s Druidess in Gay City News.

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.

Macbetty

Posted in gcn, jj, met, our own on November 2, 2007 by lacieca

Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera“When the Met last offered Verdi’s Macbeth a quarter century ago, the New York Times slammed Sir Peter Hall‘s staging as ‘the worst new production to struggle onto the Metropolitan Opera’s stage in modern history’ and the opening night audience greeted the curtain calls with some of the loudest boos in the theater’s history. On October 22, the company neatly avoided a reprise of this notorious fiasco when they offered a bland take on the opera unlikely to rouse much strong feeling at all. “

Our Own JJ reviews Macbeth in Gay City News.