Like Galileo dropped the orange. Slipped Disc publishes an exceprt from American-born, European-based conductor John Axelrod's German-language book that dropped earlier this month in the German press, "Wie großartige Musik entsteht...oder auch nicht" / "Making beautiful music together...or not!" Burn!
Between the pages, Axelrod sources his many years passed in Europe's opera and symphony halls in an anthropological dissection of policies and personalities. Here's a Der Spiegel review sourced with Brendel's book.
Check out Axelrod's responses to the ensuing discussion here and here.
As OC was wrapping-up Milan Fashion Week spring 2013 coverage (tip: natural is the new black for beauty and streamlined Sixties is the buzz for collections), complete randomness reigned at last night's non-Wagner/non-Verdi opening night of The Metropolitan Opera's l'Elisir. Madonna's ex, Marc Jacobs' ex, a hockey player, a celebrity chef, models who weren't walking the Milan/Paris shows -- and when Courtney Love shows up, you know it's gonna be a paaaar-tay.
HBIC Austin Scarlett enchanted (above, with date, soprano Lisette Oropesa), Isabel Leonard devastated (below) and Placido mayored (with Marta) the random starlettes who rang-in The Met's new season. Randomness asidie, props to The Met for sourcing the It Crowd at the event that inaugurates eight months of culture (yay) -- we'll never pine for the pre-red carpet days when glitterati was crownded with NYC anchormen and Montauk retirees. At this rate, Gelb might finally have to spring for a new tux (sartorial advice -- go bespoke.) So how did Trebs sound as L'Elisir d'Amore's lead? Midgette sounded-off for her WP Classical Beat.
Organized by his partner Giancarlo Giammetti
and fashion swan Sarah Jessica Parker, Thursday's gala includes a post-performance, Italian-themed
dinner for 800 tony guests (and their 800 untouched plates) created by
Valentino's personal chef. The starry list includes glitterati (Anne Hathaway,
Gwynnie Paltrow, Beyonce'), a slew of supermodels (Iman, Cindy Crawford, Linda
Evangelista), Valentino's fashion colleagues (Ralph Lauren, Carolina
Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg) and Roberto Bolle, who will show them all
what’s what with his La Scala street cred.
So was Mariah Carey the creative consultant? NYMag has more photos here.
The state-of-the-art headquarters for the 42-year-old non-profit org acts as the North American hub for all things opera and will host rehearsals, lessons, performances, auditions, seminars, workshops, concerts, meetings and more (!!), according to Dan Wakin for the NYTimes.
At a cost of $14 million ($6 million in construction, $6 million towards the operating endowment and $2 million in relocation costs, which moved the headquarters from Washington, D.C. to NYC in 2005), OPERA America also signed a 20-year lease for the dual-level space (floor plan here), conveniently located at 330 Seventh Avenue (at 29th street) in a 21-floor office building dating from 1928 (google street view above).
We'll crack a bottle of Bollinger La Grande Année as we watch a live stream on the OPERA America website of the official ribbon cutting ceremony, which starts at 10:30am on September 28.
"Murder, suicide and death tinged with black comedy," says Italian opera director Damiano Michieletto about the themes of Il tabarro, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi, respectively. "I wanted to explore
that dark side, to bring out the violence and cynicism of the human
On October 10, Michieletto unveils his new Puccini Trittico for Theater an der Wein in stark realism. Tabarro's set in an industrial harbor space, described as a world of pain where workers, oppressed like slaves, search for escape through ~sexual healing~. Suor Angelica's locked in a prison cell, incarcerated against her will, to serve out a sentence. Gianni Schicchi's players fight over the inheritance in "ferocious" and "deceitful" shades. Michieletto likes his slasher flix!
The cast includes Patricia Racette (as Giorgetta and Suor Angelica) and Roberto Frontali (as Michele and Gianni Schicchi).
Leicas were arranged on the shelves. The floor of the drawing room to
the right was covered with Chinese rugs. An old reel-to-reel tape
recorder stood on a trolley. “It belonged to Elvis,” muttered Eggleston,
“but he couldn’t handle the controls.” Two vast speaker columns, built
to Eggleston’s own design, dominated the room. He demonstrated their
power and clarity with Baroque music. He had a passion for Bach organ
Princess Renée's not only flawless but on-trend. Above, the cover art of an 18-track retrospective that dropped today
gives a naughty peek-a-bewb. The American soprano revisits
career-defining roles and classic arias such as Casta Diva, O Silver
Moon, O Mio Babino Caro and Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana, natch, while four
bonus tracks include a reworking of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and a
duet with Terfel.
Below, Renée's fellow New Yorker of comfortable age, success and notoriety -- J.Crew's president/executive creative director Jenna Lyons, who was photographed a couple days ago rocking the same demurely-unbuttoned, peek-a-bewb style at Opening Ceremony's 10th anniversary.
Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has revamped [some of] The Metropolitan Opera's Met Titles. The Made in Italy duo, based in Milan, have backed a new initiative that brings Italian translations to [Italian] opera librettos that are wired through the Lincoln Center opera house.
Titles were previously available only in English, Spanish and German, but on September 24, with the opening of Donizetti's L'Elisir d' Amore, Italian language will be available for all 28 operas of the 2012-13 season. [UPDATE: The Metropolitan Opera clarifies that Italian titles will only be
available for Italian-language operas in it's entire season. Met Titles will
not be available in Italian for operas sung in other languages.]
As for an opening night gala sighting of the Italian duo? Milan Fashion Week kicks off on September 19 with Gucci and ends on September 24 with Roberto Cavalli, with Dolce & Gabbana's runway show at 2pm on September 23. OC usually heads to Principe's spa to ease into post-Milan Fashion Week burn out, but those two are inexhaustible!