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Posts for March 2011

Art Life and Stilettos is away until April

By art life and stilettos · March 26, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Photo by Daniel Mosquin courtesy of UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

 

Sorry I haven't been able to update you on my journey across America, but don't worry Art Life and Stilettos will be back in April. I hope this picture of the Petrified Forest in Arizona tides you over until then. I was there yesterday and it was breathtaking.

 

Con affetto

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Take Cecila Bartoli home as Clari

By art life and stilettos · March 15, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

The opera isn't popular, the modern staging has been criticised, so what makes Clari so interesting? Cecilia Bartoli, of course. Here is a clear example of how the woman can do no wrong, and can elevate even the most inconsequential of works.

French composer Fromental Halévy originally wrote the Italian opera Clari in 1828 as a vehicle for Maria Maibran, whom he met while chef du chant at the Théâtre Italien. Clari was not a huge success for Halévy, nor has it stood the test of time.

In no way does Clari compare to la Ceci's previous forays into forgotten music, perhaps because it's a semiseria and a bit too fluffy, or maybe it has something to do with the modern treatment of the production. As I watched the clip I was instantly attracted. I like the cute packaging and the wacky set design, but something seems seems off (It's probably the opera itself).

In the end it is worth purchasing for the sake of sitting back and enjoying a work that without la Ceci may never have seen the light of day, and yes you lucky opera lovers it is now available on Amazon.

Intermezzo has a wonderfully written, enthusiastic review of the 2008 Opernhaus Zürich production on her blog. I encourage you to relive the live experience though Intermezzo's eyes.

Filed in: opera
Tagged with: Zurich Opera, Clari, Halévy, Cecilia Bartoli, dvd

Rose Marie: French Girl + English Boy = Canadian Love Story & Canadian Fashion courtesy of Wish Opera

By art life and stilettos · March 10, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


 

Design by Natasha Lazarovic

 

Wish Opera Presents:

Rose Marie: French Girl + English Boy = Canadian Love Story

 

Continue Reading Rose Marie: French Girl + English Boy = Canadian Love Story & Canadian Fashion courtesy of Wish Opera

Just because...

By art life and stilettos · March 4, 2011 · 0 Comments ·
Filed in: life, videos, Music
Tagged with: lady GaGa, videos

Opera singer Wallis Giunta is the new face of McCaffrey Haute Couture

By art life and stilettos · March 2, 2011 · 0 Comments ·


The COC Ensemble Studio's Wallis Giunta, a mezzo-soprano who has charmed critics with her creamy voice and charismatic stage presence, is collaborating with noted Canadian couturier McCaffrey Haute Couture. She will be featured modelling David McCaffrey's gowns in print and online ads, and McCaffrey will supply custom-made gowns for her upcoming recitals.


 

Wallis Giunta models gowns from the McCaffrey Haute Couture 2011 Collection Iridescence, by David McCaffrey. Photos by MIV Photography, 2011.

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Angel Alien Monster. Lady Gaga Remix: Thierry Mugler Menswear F/W 2011

By art life and stilettos · March 1, 2011 · 0 Comments ·

Filed in: videos, Fashion
Tagged with: lady GaGa, Thierry Mugler


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