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Forced to bend her soul to a sordid role

Posted in crossover, diva, nyco, world leaders dancing in underwear on December 28, 2007 by lacieca

Pint-sized Broadway dynamo Kristen Chenoweth will make her fully-staged role debut as Cunegonde in Candide at the English National Opera this summer. The Bernstein/Wilbur, Latouche, Parker, Hellman, Sondheim, Bernstein & Wheeler operetta will be performed in the Robert Carsen production previously seen at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and La Scala, Milan. Performances begin June 23 for a 13-performance run.

According to The Stage, “popular tenor” Toby Spence will take on the title role, with other casting TBA. By an odd coincidence, the ENO are presenting a concert only a few weeks prior to this Candide starring a diva some might consider “dream casting” as The Old Lady. La Cieca supposes we should just dream on!

And will someone please wake La Cieca when the New York City Opera gets around to announcing the casting for their revival of the creaky Harold Prince staging of Candide?

She gets too hungry for dinner at eight

Posted in festoonery, met, world leaders dancing in underwear on October 10, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca’s spy backstage at the Met burbles about the most interesting spectacle so far at the new Macbeth: “Maria Guleghina’s rehearsal garb! One day she sported a green spaghetti-strap midriff top (that’s right, she wore a belly shirt), with a sequined crown across her tits.”

Eisen zu pumpen

Posted in discuss, hunkentenor, scandale, world leaders dancing in underwear on September 4, 2007 by lacieca

Here’s the original (or, La Cieca supposes she should say, Das Original) of that endlessly-forwarded and endlessly-discussed article about alleged “doping” in the opera world, as published in Die Presse. Now, what catches La Cieca’s eye here is the description of the beta blocker whistleblower quoted in the article: “Der Tenor und Bodybuilder Endrik Wottrich.”

A Google image search for “Endrich Wottrich” yielded this photo (click to enlarge):

Discuss?

Questo popoloso deserto

Posted in crossover, filth, world leaders dancing in underwear on July 31, 2007 by lacieca

As if opera weren’t dead enough already, this latest news is sure to finish pounding the stake through its heart. Paris Hilton (strike one!) has been signed for a leading role in the film version of Repo! The Genetic Opera. In this futuristic musical fantasy, La Hilton plays the daughter of organ-transplant tycoon Paul Sorvino (strike two!). The film is directed by Darren Lynn Bousman, best known for helming sequels in the Saw horror series (strike three!) Ms. Hilton, interviewed at an event called “Feed the Models, Save the World,” commented, “I’ve been rehearsing every day—seven hours a day. We’re just in the studio. We’re doing dance and singing. We go shoot next month in Toronto.”

Judgment at Nuremberg

Posted in 2008, wagner, world leaders dancing in underwear on July 28, 2007 by lacieca

Well, this is what La Cieca gathers from Katharina Wagner‘s production of Die Meistersinger (without, of course, having had the benefit of actually seeing it!)

KW’s basic idea is that Great-grandfather Richard presented an overly optimistic view of the dramatic action of the opera. Walther is taught by Hans Sachs to moderate his radical musical ideas by adopting traditional forms; that way his music can be understood by his audience. KW sees this compromise as a sellout, so she depicts the climactic singing contest satirically, as an “American Idol” hypefest.

Walther basically grows out of his rebellious phase (e.g., splashing white paint all over the church in Act 1) and becomes just another bourgeois mastersinger. Sachs is played as an aging hippie type who also cleans up his act for the sake of popularity and respectability.

Meanwhile, Beckmesser the pedantic marker is transformed radically by the experience of the Act 2 riot. Depending on your point of view, he is either driven mad or else he has a profound spiritual awakening. The text of Walther’s song that he filches for the competion is on a ripped-up sheet of paper, so his performance at the contest is nonsensical and the crowds laughs at him. And yet to him the song is the purest, most genuine music he has ever created — but nobody else will ever be able to appreciate it. In a way he has become the radical artist that Walther aspired to be.

[La Cieca’s earlier remark about Beckmesser appearing nude in Act 3 was mistaken; she apologizes.]

Now, it is safe to say that this is probably not the meaning Wagner had in mind when he wrote Meistersinger, and it is even a reasonable bet that this meaning is at best extremely difficult to convey through this particular text and music. Now, La Cieca doesn’t know much about these things, but as she understand its, part of the current Regie philosophy is that a canonical work like Meistersinger is so utterly familiar to the audience that there is no point in performing it “straight,” that you have to try to find something new to say through the work. Whether you believe in this philosophy or not (your doyenne is on the fence), you can perhaps agree that it is meant to be a serious way of approaching the work, not a frivolous one.

Another point is that historically the first year’s iteration of a Bayreuth production is expected to be an imperfect first draft; the artistic team are expected to do major revisions for the second year’s run, based on what they are suppposed to freely regard as the mistakes of the first year. So really we’ll have to wait until 2008 for the finished version of the youngest Wagner’s vision. (Does anyone know if there are plans to telecast this production? The bits seen so far on video look as if it would adapt well to TV presentation.)

The Bartered Bra?

Posted in world leaders dancing in underwear, youtube on April 5, 2007 by lacieca

Is it just me, or is Lucia Popp‘s left nipple peeking out at us?

A story headline writers live for

Posted in world leaders dancing in underwear on January 31, 2007 by lacieca

Dame Kiri perturbed by flying underwear, court told

Underwear tossing a deal breaker for opera star

TE KANAWA PULLED OUT OF CONCERT BECAUSE OF RAUNCHY FANS

Court told of dame’s fear of undie throwers

Dame Kiri got knickers in twist over concerts