Gaga as gesamtkunstwerk & Fever Ray's melting face: a short attention span essay on operatic gestures in contemporary pop music
February 7, 2010

Let's lead this post with a bit of theater: Karin Dreijer Andersson aka Fever Ray (or maybe it's a stand-in?) accepting an award for best dance artist at that country's equivalent of the Grammy Awards. (They're called the Grammis. American cultural imperialism is no joke.):

UPDATED FEBRUARY 7, 2010: And lest we forget that opera remains a very old school business, on Friday came news that the Metropolitan Opera's current general manager, Peter Gelb, has brought back the former head, Joseph Volpe, to negotiate the most intractable element of the opera venture: union contracts. Though the handover of power from Volpe to Gelb was reportedly quite contentious, the new school Gelb (a former record industry exec and born impresario -- his father was managing editor the New York Times) simply could not do without the old school Volpe (a former master carpenter & impresario only via on-the-job training).

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