From Norman Lebrecht’s excellent blog ‘Slipped Disc:
I had to read this twice to make sure the hangover hadn’t turned into a Bruckner nightmare, but even in the cold light of day it appears that the conductor Christian Thielemann has told the Berliner Morgenpost that he’d like to spend some time with Madonna.
‘I find this woman fascinating,’ said Thiely. ‘Not just musically…. I’d like to get to know Madonna a whole lot better.’
Now I know that opposites attract, but this is just silly. Madonna is a rabbi-quoting kabbalah freak who drops her clothes for artistic purposes and lines up for all the right – that is, left – causes. The German conductor is a noted conservative in social outlook and deficient – until now – in any notable appreciation of foreign, popular and feminine culture.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.