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Izzy or izzn’t he?

Posted in he lived his life like a puma in the wind, hunkentenor on January 23, 2008 by lacieca

La Cieca’s cher public will breathe a sigh of relief when she informs them that internet it-boy Izzy Anderson is, in fact, over 18. According to an email from YouTube impresario Wen Arto, Izzy is 23 and an aspiring performer. Wen continues, “Izzy wants to sing opera very badly but he is busy with … nursing school.”

The email enclosed a few photos of which La Cieca thought this one was the most charming.

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Hunk 10, Tenor 3

Posted in hunkentenor, youtube on January 22, 2008 by lacieca

A gifted amateur by the name of Izzy Anderson takes on Verdi’s Duke of Mantua.

Mr. Anderson is one of the regulars on the must-see Wenarto YouTube site. (That’s the celebrated Wenarto himself conducting this selection, though usually he is found center stage.)

Kaufknabe

Posted in hunkentenor, jonas kaufmann, youtube on December 30, 2007 by lacieca

A number of the cher public have asked for more photos of hunkalicious Jonas Kaufmann, with a several of you specifially requesting a image without the tenor’s accustomed facial stubble. Well, one of La Cieca’s dear readers has obliged by sending a snapshot of Kaufmann before he stopped shaving, or possibly before he even started shaving.

The reader recalls performing with Der Junge Jonas circa 1997 when he “still sang Rossini and The Student Prince.” A particularly vivid memory is of “Jonas in biker spandex for Proben in Heidelberg!” (The image of Mr. Kauffman’s dinner companion has been obscured for reasons of privacy.)

And now here’s some contemporary video of the unstubbled Kaufmann in action, singing The Student Prince.

Isn’t it romantic?

Posted in hunkentenor, jonas kaufmann, youtube on December 27, 2007 by lacieca

Jummy Jonas Kaufmann records his recital CD Romantic Arias, due for release in March.

Have Yourself a Hunky Little Christmas

Posted in hunkentenor, stephen costello, youtube on December 21, 2007 by lacieca

UPDATE: The YouTube clip of Stephen Costello singing “O Holy Night” is no longer available. Given Stephen’s ubiquity on YouTube, though, surely it can’t be long before another performance of this song goes live, and La Cieca promises to link as soon as her veritable army of sources inform her. In the meantime, here’s another number. Right religion, even if it’s the “wrong” holiday.

"Today is dedicated to Uranus"

Posted in great homosexuals of history, hunkentenor, youtube on November 17, 2007 by lacieca

You know that Vivaldi opera everyone’s been talking about? (Yeah, La Cieca realizes that sentence looks absurd, but read on.) Anyway, here’s the already infamous nude scene for tenor Zachary Stains from the opera Ercole sul Termodonte, or, as it is more generally known in this country, “Hercules versus the Dental Hygienist.” (NSFW, obviously, since Mr. Stains’ “original instrument” is clearly visible.)

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 na├»ve 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: