The most talented, naturally gorgeous, intelligent, elegant diva that has ever blessed humanity, Kim Kardashian, wears a Dolce & Gabbana music note dress from the duo's Fall/Winter 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection on the cover of this month's Harper's Bazzar Arabia.
The entire collection was full of shoes, bags, and prints starring music notes.
The Metropolitan Opera opened its 128th season in Lincoln Center last night to Donizetti's Anna Bolena, starring Trebs. The opera, which had never been performed at The Met, is in a new David McVicar production, conducted by Marco Armiliato.
Celebrity power was slim (newscasters ≠ interesting), starred by the most ethereal creature of the night, Austin Scarlett, the culture vampire with his southern belle (above). Tyra Banks, Leelee Sobieski, Martha Stewart, and Zac Posen/Crystal Renn tried to walk in his shadow but he's a vampire so he doesn't have one. He just leaves a fabulous berth of Swarovski Crystal and L'Oréal Elnett mist. *makes the internationl _call me_ sign with an airkiss*
The French-Italian singer told Le Figaro that he feels "depressed" and "in pain": "I never disrespected Lombard, a man whom I hold in high esteem and whose artistic ideas I had accepted".
The problem, apparently, lies in certain cuts to the score that Lombard wanted and Alagna didn't like and the conductor's choic of tempi. There were also questions about Alagna showing up late for rehearsals twice (he blamed traffic, and he now says that the second time he came in late it was only by seven minutes but the conductor had already let everybody else go, not thinking the tenor would show up.
Alagna explains that the conductor's behavior "completely blocked me. I've been singing Faust for 28 years now and he made me feel like a rookie. I had decided to pull out of the production but the opera house convinced me to stray. All this trouble makes me very depressed".
NYTimes has a mini piece on Peter Martins' collaboration with Paul McCartney for NYCB Fall Gala, Ocean's Kingdom, set to open this week at Lincoln Center. Photos by the very awesome Ryan McGinley. Costumes designed by Stella McCartney, naturally.
Here are some photos from Andrea Bocelli's September 15 homage to New York Ciyt. The Italian singer was joined by Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, David Foster, Bryn Terfel, Ana Maria Martinez, Pretty Yende, violinist Nicola Benedetti, flutist Andrea Griminelli and trumpeter Chris Botti. Also, Alaine Djielbeart of the New York Philharmonic joined everyone on Central Park's Great Lawn. The free event was predicted to draw 50,000 spectators. Italians will have to wait for the broadcast on December 8 via Rai Due for all the star-lit performances although Bocelli inked himself a nice DVD deal out of this one to be distributed in over 70 countries.
Models vs. ballerinas? Byotch please. Tchaikovsky would make BBQ Chicken Shake-Up Lunchables out of Marc Jacobs...drop him right next to the Capri Sun and Jell-O-nohedidn't.
Here's Ashley's soundbite: “I watch what I eat and sacrifice some indulgences for my art. I don’t understand sacrificing your health to walk down a runway in pretty clothes.” We've got a live one!
Her general menu:
8:45 a.m.: First two cups of coffee; stretch; walk the dogs 9:40 a.m.: Two scrambled eggs with large glass of water 9:55 a.m.: Walk to subway 10:20 a.m.: Stretch, followed by 105-minute NYCB ballet class and 45-minute Swan Lake rehearsal 1 p.m.: Banana, bottle of water; walk to post office 2 p.m.: Skirt-steak salad; walk to subway to go home 3:20 p.m.: Greek yogurt with peaches; nap 4:15 p.m.: Leftover spaghetti Bolognese 4:25 p.m.: Walk dogs, then walk to subway; stop for coconut water and coffee on way to theater 6:30 p.m.: Stretch and warm up backstage; coconut water 7:30 p.m.: Swan Lake performance begins 8:35 p.m.: Tuna salad and water at intermission 10:05 p.m.: Postperformance water and coconut water 11 p.m.: Crab cake and chopped salad with glass of Pinot Noir
vs. model Xu:
9 a.m.: Half a box of strawberries, glass of soy milk, whole-wheat flatbread with light butter and Nutella, bottle of drinkable yogurt 11 a.m.: Power-walk to agency while drinking coconut water Noon: Power-walk to Lincoln Center for show 2 p.m.: Cheese and crackers, vegetables (celery, carrots, bell pepper) with sour‑cream dip, can of Diet Pepsi, two small frozen yogurts 3 p.m.: Walk for show (a group show of Argentine designers) in Lincoln Center, if that counts for exercise 4 p.m.: Power-walk to subway home 8 p.m.: Stroll around for about ten blocks 8:30 p.m.: Dinner at Neptune (a Polish restaurant): vegetable barley soup (a big bowl), tuna wrap with lettuce, and coleslaw. Drink: icewater. 9 p.m.: Cup of jasmine green tea; walk to subway home 10 p.m.: Glass of warm soy milk
(Above: Robert Wilson and half the cast of Grace for Grace. Photo Montblanc)
Opera Chic was in gorgeous Montecarlo last week to celebrate the launch of Montblanc's Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco line among a VIP guest list including royals (Princess Caroline, Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene) and celebrities (dainty Steel Magnolia flower Daryl Hannah and Emmanuelle Béart).
The evening began at the intimately-luscious Opéra de Monte-Carlo for a Robert Wilson-curated vignette of performances by Shenyang, Bryn Terfel and Diana Damrau (among other performers such as Rufus and Martha Wainwright) and the evening continued to the Hotel de Paris for an elegant gala.
La Scala opens its doors this Sunday, September 18 to members of its under-30 program (from 6-years-old to 30-years-old). Free tours will run from 10am until 4:30pm, gathering every 10 minutes and lasting about 40 minutes. Tours will show groups of 30 people around the foyer, the orchestra seats and the royal box. Finally a chance to wear cut-off denim shorts and flip-flops to La Scala!
My brain seizes on a line from Broks, the story-telling neuropsychologist that my German students struggled with: “Great music cancels the distinction between the external world and our inner life.” And nothing in evolutionary biology can explain why it does this to us. “Experience is a first-person business,” Broks says. “Science operates in the third person.” Music is — what? A surprise counterpoint between the two. I’m sorry, but in Berlin, pretty Berlin, in the spring, as we stand there listening to the Russian busker play Bach, when nothing in me is strong enough to survive the annihilating past, this music makes me want to know what happens next.
A train from Ruhleben thunders in to the platform and disgorges its content. People walk past this one-man band at varying speeds, each making complex real-time cost-benefit analyses, calculating the trade-offs between net present enjoyment and future arrival. The accordionist lays into the bass of Bach’s tremendous final pedal point, herding the profusion back towards tonic. My wife and I stand transfixed. For as long as it takes this man to reach the final cadence, we are here, anyhow, going nowhere, present to the endless unlikelihood of existing at all.
Earlier tonight at la Scala, the performance -- in concert form -- of "Fidelio": the Wiener Staatsoper conducted by Franz Welser-Möst and the cast (led by Peter Seiffert and Nina Stemme), enjoyed a massive, 10-minute ovation by the audience.
Earlier today, in Vedano al Lambro, Monza, on the outskirts of Milan, 500 people -- not all of them could be seated inside the small church and had to follow the service from the outside -- gathered to pay their respects at the funeral of Salvatore Licitra.
The officiating priest, Father Eugenio Della Libera, remembered Licitra as a "simple man" who loved the opera and often attended performances like a simple fan, exactly the way he did before becoming a professional singer, for the love of the art form, unwilling to ask for luxury seats or special treatment.
Italian TV will honor the late tenor on Sunday morning, by broadcasting (starting at 10AM) on RAI5 the 2000 "Tosca" from Scala, directed by Luca Ronconi, conducted by Riccardo Muti where Licitra sang alongside Maria Guleghina and Leo Nucci. Then, "Cavalleria Rusticana" from last January, a Scala production also, directed by Mario Martone and conducted by Daniel Harding, where Licitra sang alongside Luciana D'Intino and Elena Zilio.