Opera Chic has been privileged to receive some juicy news concerning the evolving Candide fuss between Teatro alla Scala GM Stéphane Lissner and Director Robert Carsen.
As Opera Chic reported a few days ago, Lissner was quoted saying that Carsen had proposed to him meeting this January to, "evaluate the opera together via DVD, scene for scene, " to decide which cuts will be implemented before Candide sees the light of day in Milan.
Well, Opera Chic has learned that the sup4r hawt, GM-on-Director meeting will be on Monday, January 15th, 2007. Yes, the tête-à-tête will be on America's Martin Luther King Day (and 25 Tevet, 5767 representing all the Frumsters in da house).
Another tidbit: Le Monde writes today (Stéphane Lissner reprogramme "Candide" à la Scala de Milan) that Lissner had already spoken to Jean-Luc Choplin, GM of Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet about his concerns with the staging (where Lissner was in attendance on December 26, 2006 with his son).
Choplin is quoted by Le Monde saying that on December 28, 2006, he received a fax from Stéphane Lissner, asking him for a meeting on January 8, 2007. But Lissner had cancelled Candide without further contacting Choplin, snubbing his French colleague. Choplin states his confusion of Lissner's actions, especially the diss, because they had worked together since the inception.
I think someone might have drugged Lissner's panettone gastronomico during his Natale lunch, because he's just been wacky lately...