We went to see Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera last year and we were very underwhelmed. It felt uninspired and too safe.
So we went Monday night to the Met to see their new production of Verdi's timeless Rigoletto with low to moderate expectations. And we were BLOWN AWAY!!!!
This is not your mother's opera!
Check out a song from the show above!
MANY liberties were taken with this production, helmed by Broadway director Michael Mayer. MM transported the show and set it in Las Vegas in the 1960s, and with that simple yet brilliant decision he injected this new Rigoletto with ten shots of adrenaline!
The entire cast seemed to be having so much FUN! And that score is just sooooooo good! From beginning to end!
The set design, Christine Jones, was stunning!
And while Dmitri Hvorotsky did a great job as the titular character, it is Irina Lungu and Matthew Polenzani who steal the show with their electric performances as the star-crossed lovers. Their duets in Act 1 were some of THE MOST THRILLING theatrical moments we have ever experienced!
The Met's new production of Rigoletto is a show (probably purposefully designed this way) that will appeal to the masses. And it is a show that must be seen!
We are still FEELING it!!!
Just when we thought Europe couldn't get enough of Miley Cyrus!!
The seski Bangerz singer is set to appear on The X Factor UK next Sunday to promote her latest album by performing her hit single Wrecking Ball!
We wonder if she'll keep this performance PG since it is a family show and because, you know, she did perform her ballad at the MTV EMAs half nekkid!
Miles will be performing on the same day as X Factor judge Gary Barlow.
No word yet if Gary will be riding a wrecking ball in the background while Miley sings!
Guess we won't know what she'll do until she gets up on that stage and werks it!
LOLz! We kid about the whole wrecking ball ordeal!
[Image via WENN.]
Celine Dion just gets it!!!
The iconic diva may be a few years older than Miley Cyrus, but she still down for a bit of nekkid musical times!!!
Celine had a little sit down with Fuse and took a minute to bash all the weed lovin' singer's haterz!
The chat paired with Celine's accent was so epic that a little snippet was put on repeat for our listening pleasure!
YUP! That's how much we love Miley!!!!
But believe it or not, Celine did say more than "Hannah Montana got tired to be Hannah Montana!" LOLz!
The Loved Me Back To Life songstress explained:
Before we judge her for getting naked…Hannah Montana gave herself for so many years and one day, she said, ‘I am fed up with the life that I had to be. I’m going to show you my real skin.’ There’s nothing evil about that. It’s expression. I just hope that she remains healthy.
Can't hate a gurl for experimenting and owning it!!
Ch-ch-check out the FULL interview…AFTER THE JUMP!!
Since World War I ended 95 years ago today, November 11th has been a day where Americans come together to celebrate and honor all military veterans, home or abroad, living or dead.
In that spirit, we're bringing you a Veteran's Day compilation of 15 of the very best military homecomings we've ever had the luxury of seeing.
We guarantee these photos, GIFs, and vids of true American heroes returning home to greet their friends, families, lovers, and even pets will have you in tears!
See them all…AFTER THE JUMP!!!