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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I thought the reason given in the interviews made reasonable sense - but the problem about showing a superhero naked is that you feel tempted to got for physical beauty rather than vocal splendour, and this is what happened here.
    Is he singing??? oooh, I have to check video once more :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    So that is vulgar, as opposed to all other depictions of Hercules that also show him in the birthday suit?
    There is a fine difference between artistic endeavour that is uplifting (shown in the painting) versus being vulgar that serves little else other than to distract the viewer (the clip). The opera also used several large "carvings" of erect half-penis (i.e. without the tip of the organ, which would have been too explicit; please pardon my description) as columns, while the rest of the stage was practically empty. Eroticism has been used in the arts throughout the ages, often with beautiful effects, though it can actually be more revealing about the artist (in this case, the stage director) lack of taste when cheaply executed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarpsichordConcerto View Post
    There is a fine difference between artistic endeavour that is uplifting (shown in the painting) versus being vulgar that serves little else other than to distract the viewer (the clip). The opera also used several large "carvings" of erect half-penis (i.e. without the tip of the organ, which would have been too explicit; please pardon my description) as columns, while the rest of the stage was practically empty. Eroticism has been used in the arts throughtout the ages, often with beautiful effects, though it can actually be more revealing about the artist (in this case, the stage director) lack of taste when cheaply executed.
    Well, the opera is set in the land of the Amazons, a notoriously man-hating bunch of dames, those.
    I can agree with heavy-handed symbolism, though, but I don't find it especially vulgar.

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    Oh wow, this is one very mediocre singer. One wonders if he's got any training. He sings like an amateur.
    So, if his only quality is his physique du role, I'd say that it *is* vulgar.
    It's not good opera if you sacrifice the singing *entirely* just to show some hot well hung male in his birthday suit.

    Why do I love Anna Netrebko? Because she looks good *and* can sing.

    This kind of thing, however - casting a *very* mediocre singer so that he looks good naked - I can't really endorse.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Let's appreciate good sense of fashion among singers, it's rare these days:


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    The beard REALLY doen't go with the cravat though.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Let's appreciate good sense of fashion among singers, it's rare these days
    Haha he gets points in my book for having the courage to make a bold choice.
    Only the positive!

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    This is hilarious! Have any of seen these two before?

    Only the positive!

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    Countess have you discovered Anna Russell yet?:

    Natalie

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    Would you like to see opera about Forest Geezer with a lot of silly tunes played on solo trombone and why not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    Would you like to see opera about Forest Geezer with a lot of silly tunes played on solo trombone and why not?
    Absolutely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Countess have you discovered Anna Russell yet?:

    Yes I've watched her synopsis of the ring cycle! She's great too!
    Only the positive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountessAdele View Post
    This is hilarious! Have any of seen these two before?

    Sensational! This is really extremely funny!
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    I just saw Placido Domingo on the Colbert Report!! He and Colbert sang La Donna e Mobile together!....Am I going crazy??
    Only the positive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountessAdele View Post
    I just saw Placido Domingo on the Colbert Report!! He and Colbert sang La Donna e Mobile together!....Am I going crazy??
    I saw it announced, but didn't watch.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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