Monday, December 11, 2006

what's attractive on stage need not necessarily be attractive off

If you like your opera, well, operatic, it's hard to do better than the current to-do at La Scala. You can find the blow-by-blow over at OperaChic. In depth commentary and all manner of footnotes from the peanut gallery, as usual, at Parterre. I, for once, don't have a damn thing to say except it's made for exceptionally fun reading.

[The secondary theme of this posting is: yes, I have a line from All About Eve for every occasion. Much like Uncle Tom's Cabin, it is the key to all knowledge and culture.]


Opera Chic said...

HAY MAURY! The Alagna incident is getting crazy! Alagna's saying all sorts of how he's going to sue La Scala for poor working conditions, and how the booing incident was actually a scripted conspiracy. gah.

We'll have to wait until this Thursday, when he says he will return to the stage, but Lissner (GM of La Scala) already told him there's no way he's coming back!

meretrice i. d'oscena said...

I try to keep in mind the pressure of singing opera anywhere, let alone at La Scala; but how could he leave his collegues stranded in the middle of the act like that?

meretrice i. d'oscena said...

I guess you guys have seen the actual video of Alagna's walk off-- all the conjecture about the cover tenor looking odd in street clothes was overblown. I'm not sure he looked any more odd than Alagna did in his Carmen Miranda Cha-Cha Heels.
The cover's hair was more of an issue than the jeans. At first I thought they had sent in Hagrid.

Am I the only one who was a little concerned about Mr. Alagna's high note? His bad behavior aside, I don't wish an off night on anyone.

Maury D'annato said...

Meri, I was having trouble with the video, which distracted me from the audio. I've always thought he was a great fit for French lyric stuff.

The costume is hilarious. As Opera Chic pointed out, Wonder Woman called--she wants her wardrobe back.

ch. r. said...


thanks so much for posting that link.

I'd add a few exclamation points but I'm trying to expunge them from all of written communications.

ch. r.

La Cieca said...

"What do you all take me for -- little Nell from the country? Been my understudy for over a week without my knowing, shows up when everyone knew I'd be here, and gives a performance! Out of nowhere -- gives a performance -- full of fire and music and what-not, carefully rehearsed I have no doubt, full of those Franco Zeffirelli touches!"

meretrice i. d'oscena said...

I was thinking that Alagna looked more like Isis from the 70's Saturday Morning Cartoon. I love the way he flashes a little bit of fuzzy tummy.

The fast availability of the cover was very suspicious. Did he Eve Harrington his way past the first cover? I have this 'Showgirls' image of him pushing someone down the stairs.
Maury, it makes your All About Eve quotes even more timely.

You know, if they had been doing Don Carlo, this never would have happened... ;-)

Maury D'annato said...

God, Anne Baxter is the only thing that could make all this even better. Have I mentioned my Anne Baxter fixation?

Isis, indeed! Wasn't she on after Electric Woman and Dynagirl? I think I was into her.

meretrice i. d'oscena said...

Oh, baby, now you're speaking my language.
Check the picture

She could either say "O zephyr winds which blow on high" or sing "Qui Ramdames verra".

Speaking of goddesses on the Nile, have we seen the equal of Anne Baxter since she smoldered Heston right off the screen?
Now that we've gotten a look at Zeffirelli's overdone Aida, why don't we go one step farther and have an DeMille Aida, complete with Amneris decked out in Miss Baxter's oh-so-period-correct silver lame bullet-bra gowns and matte Max Factor lipstick in Seduction of The Righteous Red.