This afternoon, Opera Chic is thankful for purry little kittens, N.V. Perricone's Lip Plumper, Apple's sweet design team (we would die a lonely, virus-infested PC death without their visionary R&D), the freedom of the internets (obs), not growing-up in the 70s (ugh...all that hair), but especially to Arte for being like the coolest channel ever.
I know more than a few of you fellow Europe-dwellers had a Manon party last night, to celebrate the awesomness that is Rolando and Anna. OC dragged a few unwilling friends to piazza chic to join in the Arte's broadcast of the Berlin Staatsoper unter den linden's Massenet Manon la prima from April 29, 2007. (btw, following the link above: hitting refresh/F5 will rotate the promotion photo, showing at least a dozen different images from throughout the opera, Rolando and Anna included.)
What can we say? I'm sure it has already hit OperaShare so you can judge for yourselves: Rolando was terribly powerful, with the most heartbreaking acting thrown into the mix, and Netrebko was hawt and spicy in this stimulating (in more ways than one) and gilded production.
Of course, OC watched with camera at the ready for delicious screenshots. Photo album with 20-ish more screenshots can be found here. Enjoy below:::
sms@ OC: *ring* hay OC whuts cookin?
OC: *um* home taking fotos of teh tv.
sms@ OC: i think i have the wrong # *click*