OC loves her opera/performing arts glossies so much that she would sucker-punch a shark's toothy snout if he tried to swim off with them. (No Animals Were Harmed ® in the making this metaphor.)
This summer, between G&Ts at Armani's 7th floor masculine-grey lounge (with Monkey 47 Schwarzwald, Mr. Armani's favorite gin) and rosemary mint juleps, OC escaped Milan's oppressive heat to even more oppressively-steamy domestic cities -- Naples and Verona -- on behalf of her beloved, darling glossies.
For Auditorium Magazine, we spent a couple sweltering, fragrant days in jolly Naples at the historic, opulent Teatro di San Carlo for the world premiere of NYC-based Chinese choreographer Shen Wei's Carmina Burana, the ubiquitous Carl Orff scenic cantata that's been spun into hilarious parodies (like 'Gopher Tuna'). For more vicarious adventures, follow the Ed-in-Chief's rich travels through its official twitter account. PDF here. O fortuna!
For Opera Now Magazine, we put on Balenciaga silk and Jil Sander heels for the Fondazione Arena di Verona's 100th birthday celebration on August 10th, the feast day of San Lorenzo marked by Perseid meteor showers, la notte di stelle cadenti. Onstage, a century-old art deco Aida by 20th century architect Ettore Fagiuoli rolled out under shooting stars. PDF here and here.
We also chatted with spirited Italian bass-baritone, Luca Pisaroni, who was raised in Verdi’s hometown of Busseto, and despite the dearth of native Verdian bass-baritones (let's face it, tenors, too), he's only sung in Italy four times since his international debut in 2002 (Salzburg, Don Giovanni Masetto). In fluent English that bubbled with sardonic Italian wit, he spoke about his absence from his native 'terre verdiane', especially during this 200th bicentennial Verdi birth year, with the exception of a one-off Verdi Gala held in Busseto's sweet Piazza Verdi in June, where he sang against father-in-law Thomas Hampson. PDF here.
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