The Good, the Bad, and the Anal
Gérard Mortier, who is famous for painting lipstick on corpses and taking them to the ball, will become general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera after he retires from the Paris Opera at the end of the 2008-2009 season. Mortier ran the Salzburg Festival in the 1990s where he mounted such customer-unfriendly provocations as Hans Neuenfels staging of Die Fledermaus, in which Orlofsky was a drug dealer who sold cocaine, Nazi thugs appeared on stage and Eisenstein had incestuous children who commit suicide. Can’t wait to see what he does with Lulu.
Reminds of one of my favorite lines, from Charles T. Downey in ionarts, a couple of years ago: “I suppose that opera all comes down to that eternal question that must be answered: anal rape or elaborate wigs?” Indeed.