Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Greetings from Chicagoland

First off, I'd like to register my seething envy for everyone who was at the Met on Monday. Spotty Cio-Cio San or not it sounds like a simply delightful evening, and should, I think, be taken as a sort of recognition for everyone out there laboring in opera-loving obscurity. Maybe it's one man's pipe-dream. Maybe it's the start of something big. Either way, it's nice to be validated by jumbotrons once in a while.

As for me, I'm still jonesing for that first sweet fix...couldn't quite bring myself to endure Turandot feat. Andrea "Suckola" Gruber. But no need for pity, the Lyric's first ever Iphigenie staging bows Friday with Susan "Hook em' Horns" Graham at the helm and I expect to be there. And that, of course, is mere pregame to the christening of the all-live, all-____ Voigt Salome in October.

Must go back to the books, but I would like to throw in my two cents about the brewing child v. puppet debate engulfing critics and bloggers alike. (Question: where would Shari Lewis come down here?) No opinions about the case in question of course, but it got me thinking about other children's parts ripe for takeover--I mean, freaky puppet child Sound of Music, anyone? Please?

6 comments:

Maury D'annato said...

New York misses you! p.s. please airmail Harold's Fried Chicken

Alex said...

Trust me, it would already be en route but for the fear it would be seized by the postmaster general on grounds of obscene deliciousness.

Greg said...

Gruber is not that bad! I mean, unsubtle, yes, but... it's Turandot, y'know? GO!

Jonathan said...

Greg--did you happen to catch the Aida broaadast last season? It was totally THAT BAD :)

David in KC said...

Greg, I heard Gruber in Turandot last Saturday. Believe me, it was a disappointing performance. Maybe she was having a bad night.

Claudia Lane said...

On the other hand, Patricia Racette as Liu and Vladimir Galouzine were very good on Tuesday. For once, due to Vlad's dynamic performance, Calaf's seduction of Turandot matched the music and her softening towards him seemed plausible!

Glad to have you here in Chicago!