Soprano Carmen Giannattasio has been in demand since she was thrust before the public eye when she won both the First Prize and the Audience Award at Placido Domingo’s Operalia in Paris in 2002. She took on one of the most challenging soprano roles soon after, singing Violetta La Traviata. Reviewing a 2007 performance at Scottish Opera, Rupert Christiansen wrote in the Daily … [Read more...] about Interview: Carmen Giannattasio on her first Tosca, Lady Gaga, and homicide
What a disappointment was La Scala's new Nutcracker. A shimmering front-cloth announced "Lo schiaccianoci" as though written in the stars, Tchaikovsky's bewitching overture started and there was that Christmassy buzz of excitement... a feeling that only lasted five minutes or so. With the odd decision to have a narrative voice-over clash against the music - and saying nothing … [Read more...] about Nutcracker-lite at La Scala – très chic Casse-noisette from Geneva
David Beckham has his underwear collection, singer Jessica Simpson has a wildly popular fashion label, and Italian ballerina Carla Fracci has her perfume collection. Yesterday, in Milan's chic 10 Corso Como, the seventh fragrance in the collection was launched: Aurora, named after one of the étoile's favourite roles. In fact all the collection's perfumes are named after … [Read more...] about The whiff of celebrity: Carla Fracci launches her new perfume, Aurora
In the latest Harper's Bazaar, Lady Gaga talks about her fashion hero Alexander McQueen and her latest disc 'Born This Way': I think he planned the whole thing: Right after he died, I wrote 'Born This Way.' I think he's up in heaven with fashion strings in his hands, marionetting away, planning this whole thing." Supporting Gaga's claim was the decision by the label - not … [Read more...] about The designer who’s twitching Gaga’s strings
Ok, not actually singing together. But when five-time Grammy winner Lady Gaga played Madison Square Garden last week as part of her Monster Ball Tour, Liza Minnelli and Billy Stritch were in the audience and, of course, went to meet Gaga backstage. The Playbill blog reports Gaga's recounting of her teachers' advice: 'You know, you’re never gonna play the heroine, and … [Read more...] about Lady Gaga and Liza Minnelli – together!
Rome-born Cecilia Bartoli famously sings in all the world except her for her home nation. Last year in Italy she sand just one performance of her "Sacrificium" programme in Turin as the closing concert of the Mi-To (Milan-Torino) Music Festival. Stop. Now she has just won the Grammy award for Best Classical Vocal Performance (for the "Sacrificium" album), but Italy remains … [Read more...] about Cecilia Bartoli ignored by Italy… again.
It took longer than many thought -- and comedians had a laugh at their expense -- but singer Alicia Keys and her celebrity friends raised $1 million for an AIDS charity and, with it, lived to tweet again. Keys and her Keep a Child Alive charity co-founder Leigh Blake on Monday said their widely-followed "digital death" campaign reached its $1 million goal after … [Read more...] about Dead Twitter celebs emerge from their digital coffins – and in doing so raise $1 million for AIDS charities