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Classical Notes: October 24, 2006 Archive

Biopic makes priest see red

Posted at 8:43 AM on October 24, 2006 by John Zech
Filed under: The blog

Coming soon to a theater near you: "Antonio Vivaldi--The Movie!" Yes, somebody (Boris Damast), has decided to make a movie about the life of Antonio Vivaldi, and they hope it will be as big or bigger than Milos Forman's hit Amadeus.

With Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love) playing the Red Priest of Venice, and starring with Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset and Malcom McDowell, they might have a pretty good cast, at least.

More about the story in Sunday's London Observer.

Minnesota Opera in maschera

Posted at 1:35 PM on October 24, 2006 by Don Lee

Twin Cities opera lovers who haven’t yet chosen a Halloween costume now have extra incentive to be clever. The Minnesota Opera will hold a costume contest at its October 31 performance of Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman. Anyone who buys a ticket is eligible. Cast members will be the judges. The winner gets a walk-on role in the February world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath.

The announcement doesn’t stipulate any theme for the contest, but it stands to reason that entrants in operatic get-ups will enjoy a certain advantage. With my less-than-encyclopedic knowledge of the repertoire, I would not be a serious contender. But the juxtaposition of grand opera and The Grapes of Wrath has me thinking I’d love to be an Okie from Mascagni.