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  1. “When di Luna orders the execution of Manrico and Azucena at sunrise, Leonora offers herself to the count in return for her lover’s life.”
    As recently performed by Netrebko, Domingo, and their PR departments.

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    1. I am somewhat surprised by the collective gasp around Twitter, because in between biography and earlier remarks, no one expected thoughtful discourse analysis in blank verse?



  2. “Apart from the World Cup, which she has been ordered by Gergiev and Putin to open in Moscow, Anna Netrebko will perform at the Vienna Philharmonic’s free open-air midsummer’s concert at Schloss Schönbrunn.” – Norman Lebrecht


        1. The enormously vexed question of agency, on which much more here:

          “All of us, with the exception of the independently wealthy and the unemployed,
          take money for the use of our body. Professors, factory workers,
          lawyers, opera singers, prostitutes, doctors, legislators—we all do things
          with parts of our bodies for which we receive a wage in return.” Martha Nussbaum,

          who continues with specific reference to opera:

          Adam Smith, in The Wealth of Nations, tells us that there are ‘‘some very agreeable and beautiful
          talents’’ that are admirable so long as no pay is taken for them, ‘‘but of
          which the exercise for the sake of gain is considered, whether from reason
          or prejudice, as a sort of publick prostitution.’’ For this reason, he continues,
          opera singers, actors, and dancers must be paid an ‘‘exorbitant’’ wage
          to compensate them for the stigma involved in using their talents ‘‘as the
          means of subsistence.’’ ‘‘Should the publick opinion or prejudice ever alter
          with regard to such occupations,’’ he concludes, ‘‘their pecuniary recompence
          would quickly diminish.’’ Smith was not altogether right about the
          opera market, but his discussion is revealing for what it shows us about
          stigma. Today, few professions are more honored than that of opera singer;
          and yet only two hundred years ago, that public use of one’s body for pay
          was taken to be a kind of prostitution.

          She may be over-optimistic in her time scheme.

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          1. so back then “society” was paying people off in order to not feel guilty for hanging on to its own moral prejudices.

            today there is a new stigma: being economically poor. Regardless of your talents or temperament, you’re expected to strive towards a very lucrative career.


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