Lets's see...we have an opera (Eugene Onegin) written by a gay man (Tchaikovsky) conducted by a close friend of Putin (Valery Gergiev). Will there be protests? Hissing for Mr. Gergiev when he takes his bow?
we hope not. this pieces was cited as an appropriate sign to the Russian regime by Peter Gelb, the manager.
I had dinner with Gergiev several times years ago and met him privately at the Maryinsky. I was told that he was gay and was introduced to a guy they said was his lover. That surprised me. I don't know if what I was told was true, but the person who told me was a high level government official, who was also gay. Maybe it was just gossip, but was presented to me as a fact.
That gossip about Gergiev has been around for a long time. If true, something is desperately wrong with this picture. Off to the gulag.
Met Opera opening night gala is one of "the" events in the New York season. No society matron is going to miss that chance to show off her gown and jewels for a little social injustice.
OP, you miss the point, Gelb WANTED a gay opening, hissing will be in vain.
Here is the most ridiculous quote from Peter Gelb.
[quote] “But since our mission is artistic, it is not appropriate for our performances to be used by us for political purposes, no matter how noble or right the cause.”
Are you kidding me - the arts have always been used for political purposes.
Let me start a list.
Long-term rumor that Gergiev, if not gay, is habitually bi. He's fug, though.
He's Russian, they all are
R8. What? Fug? Or Bi? Or both? Or all..
Didn't they pass around a petition against Gergiev's body odor?
He's so repulsive.
He's still got power, body odor or not. He's managed to convince Gelb to people the Onegin production with Russian comprimarios, instead of the usual Wendy White type of candidates. Have you ever laid eyes on Gergiev's equally powerful sister, Gergieva? That's something to avoid until you've at least had your early morning coffee.
Porn Star Michel Lucas has been advocating everyone sign a petition. He is all over this effort to at least acknowledge the contributions of gay people via a dedication.
The title role is being sung by a Polish gay man, Marius Kwiecien. Tchaikovsky is gay (but denied publicly by the Russians.) Gergiev is a long term alcoholic closet case, but he will never say anything as he is close to Putin, is very famous in Russia, and just had a multimillion dollar theater built for him. He is repulsive.
The thuggery of the Russians at the Met is legendary. Lots of rumors that Russian mafia has quite a hold on certain aspects of the house.
[quote]Tchaikovsky is gay
Sit down, R13. I've got some bad news for you.
I hope something happens. I want DRAMA!
Opera = High Drama
The Opening Night crowd will barely be able to walk unassisted to their seats, much less boo and hiss.
And most of them will be speaking the ugly Russian tongue. Wht is the Russian word for "Depends"?
Love in the fast lane
Are you being serious , r10? If so, do tell.
How does Julia Koch, wife of David H., feel about gays in Russia? I've heard her husband is gay as well as her brother-in-law, William.
She'll be there opening night.
Will the white mice be released the way they used to in NYC?
Why wasn't Leontyne invited to Oprah's legends ball?
Who is Wendy White?
WTF has happened to NYC Opera? They're doing a show based on Anna Nicole's trashy life? Have they lost their collective minds?
Actually, that Anna Nicole opera is a hot ticket; I understand the score is exceptional as are the performances.
r25: what about "La Traviata" and "Carmen"?
They won't care since there isn't gay stuff in Eugene Onegin and as for Gergiev, as long as he doesn't "flaunt" being gay..
R24. Wendy White was a Met stalwart, doing small (Comprimario) parts that back up the the star turns. The Met has a whole slew of singers, usually American, doing this. (There is no need to bring this level of performer from Russia.) Two years ago, Wendy tripped and fell and has been out of commission ever since. She has just filed a lawsuit against the Met management, essentially for negligence.
"Two years ago, Wendy tripped and fell and has been out of commission ever since"
I was there at FAUST that Saturday night - the director and/or designer required Wendy and Rene Pape to be on the second level of what essentially looked like the scaffolding you see in front of building sites. Anyway, she was on the step emerging onto the second level and was within view of some in the audience when the scenery under her gave way.
It was either Jonas Kaufman or Rene who calmly but urgently called for the conductor (making his debut that night) to stop the orchestra and close the curtains. The orchestra stopped and the soprano Marina Poplavskaya, who was center stage turned right and left in panic.
For almost an hour the production stopped. Several ushers loudly complained about how it was a miracle no one else got injured considering the ever-more-circus-like physical requirements of the production teams.
It started again and then a few minutes later went right into an intermission. It was a long, exhausting night.
Opera = High Drama
I saw that Faust too. What terrible set design. I remember the director getting booed.
Wasn't that the Faust production directed by Des McAnuff? All of his shows use that set, from Jersey Boys to JC Superstar.
Yes, twas he.
R30, thanks for telling us the story.
The things is that Carmen and Camille are both fictional characters. I'm not questioning the freedom for any artist to create whatever they want: I see that one of the creators of "Anna Nicole, the Opera" also did "Jerry Springer, the Opera." And that's great for him.
I'm questioning the wisdom of the NYC board to throw the funding behind an opera that will not appeal to the normal, American, opera-attending audience, who are mostly either older people or younger europhiles.
But then, they did lose their LC theater space. Maybe this is why.