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.
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.
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.