Third time's a charm for Juan Diego Flórez (check out Opera Chic's exclusive interview with him here): After two* performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at La Scala (*#1 was obliterated due to a union strike and #2 was sung by most of the second cast), Flórez's opening night came on July 12 where he took the opera theater by storm with a triumphant Count Almaviva. Like we were expecting anything less?
Milan's newspaper, Corriere della Sera called Flórez "Fenomenale", opening the review: "Flórez is probably the only contemporary singer in the world where it's worth it to buy a ticket to his performances even if the conducting, company, or direction isn't worth the time."
La Scala used a forty-one-year old revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's sets, directions, and costumes to welcome the Peruvian tenor who hadn't been back on the Scala stage since a 2008 recital. Phenomenally phenomenal!
o hai who's that secksay girl with the razor? Once in a while an opera promotional campaign comes along that just clicks...and leaves you wondering why no one had thought of it before -- nay, why you hadn't yourself. We're sorta getting that vibe from the playful new ads created for Opera Tampa's upcoming Barbiere di Siviglia.
Modeled after that famous 1993 Vanity Fair cover, shot by late/great Herb Ritts, our two young singers pose in homage to the gender-bending vignette of K.D. Lang getting a shave by Cindy Crawford.
"Here in Tampa, we have a very short rehearsal period before the performances. They scheduled a photo shoot for the second day we were here, and since we didn't have the costumes yet, the PR guy had the very clever idea to copy a former Vanity Fair cover of Cindy Crawford shaving K.D. Lang who was reclining in an old time Barber's chair.[...]"
"[...]I am soooooo not a sexy vixen in real life, so this photo shoot was a big stretch for me, but he finally got some good expressions at the end of the shoot when I just gave up and stopped trying.[...]"
Please, girl...the secksiness has liftoff -- destination: Jennifer Rivera. Frankly, we wish that wardrobe & make-up could have been a bit fiercer (like smokey, sultry eyes/red lips for la Rivera paired with a couture/vintage dress & accessories) but we give it A+++ for effort for rubbing us in all the right places. We understand we're working with a limited budget here.
We hope to find Ms. Rivera in 2011 @ Teatro Communale di Bologna's La Clemenza in the reprisal of Graham Vick's masterful production we saw last May in Torino. We thoroughly lauded Monica Bacelli's Sesto (La Rivera was the secondary cast's Sesto), but are looking forward to sampling her skillz. Maybe like, a sultry Sesto? hmmmm...