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    I simply cannot express how much I love that costume. I wish he'd gone to Vienna and done the same there for the New Year's Concert. God knows it needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I think someone's been raiding Liberace's closet . . .
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    What's with rumors about Alagna and Kurzak???

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    Oh wow! Other than the pictures, what are they saying? Anything from Angela's side?
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    Oh wow! Other than the pictures, what are they saying? Anything from Angela's side?
    They have just filed for divorce, mind.

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    What you want

    he was just feeding her with crumbs at the first photo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    They have just filed for divorce, mind.
    Was that from their previous split, or is this since they'd apparently reconciled?

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    Just happening now. Read parterre and Intermezzo, it's all there.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Was that from their previous split, or is this since they'd apparently reconciled?
    They were separated a few years ago, then got back together, but this time it's totes for realsies. I give them a year at most away from each other. I think Kurzak will be flung away in not too long.

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    I usually announce stuff elsewhere, but I'll be announcing it here (a popular thread) for more visibility, given the urgency:

    Help is needed ASAP - we would like to have contributors who will want to step up and hep us with writing up essays on Die Zauberflöte - full announcement [here].

    Thanks in advance.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    David Denby trashes Les Miserables, encourages people to stay home and listen to Rigoletto instead, recommends the Callas/Gobbi recording, and gets 10x the usual number of comments, most of which are very, very angry.

    Still impressed by how he turned a film review into an opera recommendation post.

    http://www.newyorker.com/online/blog...iserables.html


    The music is juvenile stuff—tonic-dominant, without harmonic richness or surprise. Listen to any score by Richard Rodgers or Leonard Bernstein or Fritz Loewe if you want to hear genuine melodic invention. I was so upset by the banality of the music that I felt like hiring a hall and staging a nationalist rally. “My fellow-countrymen, we are the people of Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin! Cole Porter and George Gershwin, Frank Loesser and Burton Lane! We taught the world what popular melody was! What rhythmic inventiveness was! Let us unite to overthrow the banality of these French hacks!” (And the British hacks, too, for that matter.) Alas, the hall is filled with people weeping over “Les Mis.”


    From the comments:

    There's a song near the end where the Valjean character is basically singing, "God, take me now." That pretty much summed up my feelings through most of the movie. Surrounded by people weeping, I was just bored to tears!

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    Amanda Seyfried com/ex-plains on Letterman how filming Les Mis was really difficult. According to her, the vocal chords are as fragile as "glass", she couldn't drink alcohol, she had to drink water all day and "had to pee all the time", and she had to "live like a monk" and just "sit" after work, lest she comes down with something and halt the production. Letterman proceeded to praise her for her professionalism.

    I'm tempted to see the film just to see how much singing she actually did, since Cosette has very few numbers and most of them were ensembles.

    I recently watched the 2004 film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera (don't ask why). I'm dumbfounded by how successful the musical was. The plot is beyond ghastly and the music even worse; far, far worse.

    At the top of my twitter feed literally right now: "I hope you realize that the biggest difference in the world is between the amateur and the professional in the arts."—Scott to Zelda

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    I saw this musical a few years ago and I also have no idea why this is so successful.

    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    I recently watched the 2004 film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera (don't ask why). I'm dumbfounded by how successful the musical was. The plot is beyond ghastly and the music even worse; far, far worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianwalker View Post
    I recently watched the 2004 film adaptation of Phantom of the Opera (don't ask why). I'm dumbfounded by how successful the musical was. The plot is beyond ghastly and the music even worse; far, far worse.
    I haven't seen the film but I've read the original book & loved it.

    "The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland."
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    NY Times article about La Rondine

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/ar...anted=all&_r=0

    I am kind of on the fence about going to this one.
    What do people think of the opera? Worth going to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tardis View Post
    NY Times article about La Rondine

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/ar...anted=all&_r=0

    I am kind of on the fence about going to this one.
    What do people think of the opera? Worth going to?
    I absolutely love the first two acts. Not that enthusiastic about the last one. It has some lovely melodies, and if you like conversation pieces (like me), I think you'll like it. And the Met production is gorgeous!

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