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Millepied: Choreography for "The Bartered Bride"

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In the Summer 2011 issued of "OperaCanada", Patrick Dillon reviewed the joint production between the Juilliard School's Institute for Vocal Arts and the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of "The Bartered Bride" performed in February 2011 at the Juilliard School.

He wrote (p.51):

And choreographer Benjamin Millepied, whenever his dances rightly took centre state, delivered happily, too, devising some charming (and impeccably delivered) steps for Marenka, Jenik, and Vasek, and in his and [director Stephen] Wadsworth's brilliantly funny Act III circus divertissement, with its Bearded Lady on pointe in glittering black tutu and tiara (a stellar non-vocal turn--quite a few turns--by Juliiard tenor Miles Mykkanen), offering at least partial atonement for his complicity the risibly awful Black Swan.

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Did I read that correctly? A tenor who can dance on pointe? Yikes! And BRAVO. :clapping: Too bad it was a non-singing role.

P.S. Always thought that the Bearded Lady was a mezzo, though that's another opera. :wink:

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In the Summer 2011 issued of "OperaCanada", Patrick Dillon reviewed the joint production between the Juilliard School's Institute for Vocal Arts and the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of "The Bartered Bride" performed in February 2011 at the Juilliard School.

He wrote (p.51):

And choreographer Benjamin Millepied, whenever his dances rightly took centre state, delivered happily, too, devising some charming (and impeccably delivered) steps for Marenka, Jenik, and Vasek, and in his and [director Stephen] Wadsworth's brilliantly funny Act III circus divertissement, with its Bearded Lady on pointe in glittering black tutu and tiara (a stellar non-vocal turn--quite a few turns--by Juliiard tenor Miles Mykkanen), offering at least partial atonement for his complicity the risibly awful Black Swan.

"Risibly awful" - what a perfect phrase for that film.

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