That Jump Into Swan Lake
Posted 06 February 2008 - 01:26 PM
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Posted 06 February 2008 - 02:10 PM
That is hillarious. I'd love to get the backstage view sometime!
Does your source say who tends to get the highest ratings?
inquiring minds want to know!!
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Posted 10 February 2008 - 11:29 PM
Here is another story of a leap gone wrong -- again during Tosca. (Tosca, City Centre, New York, 1960)
And perhaps a warning to Divas that they should be kind to theatre staff!
Whereas most such disasters depend on some element of misunderstanding and incompetence among the stage-management, this catastrophe is -- delightfully -- due entirely to ill-will, in this case between the stage staff and the soprano. With diabolical cunning they permitted her, after several stormy rehearsals, to complete her first performance without mishap until the very last moment, when Tosca throws herself off the battlements of the Castel Sant'Angelo. What normally happens is that on her cry 'Scarpia, davanti a Dio' she hurls herself off and lands on a mattress four feet below (who but Callas has ever looked totally convincing at that moment? -- Her out-stretched hands haunt the memory). But in this case it was not Callas but a large young American who landed not on a mattress, but -- perish the thought -- on a trampoline. It is said that she came up fifteen times before the curtain fell -- sometimes upside down, then the right way up -- now laughing in delirious glee, now screaming with rage...
Great Operatic Disasters by Hugh Vickers. page 12
Posted 12 February 2008 - 07:05 PM
A dancer can pick up more speed than a Opera Singer, is a single mattress used or perhaps a track and field high-jump "pit"?
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