Monday, January 26, 2009
selling the sizzle
nope. this is the new face of opera.
gone are the days of the much older, avuncular and hefty barrel-shaped tenors who parks and barks on stage. more il divo than pavarotti, this collective of uber-masculinity can make any female with blood coursing through the veins re-think her image of opera.
i remember when i was in london over the holidays, i took michelle to the royal opera house so she could buy some souvenirs from the gift shop. i was browsing the store when something made me stop in my tracks. i had walked by a stand of erwin schrott cds (see above first picture) and i had to pause and double back because i wanted to make sure i saw what i just saw. no way could HE be an OPERA singer, i thought. well, wrong i was. turns out that "hot schrott" is many a woman's fantasy.
for more full-on man bites of barihunks and hunkentenors, check out barihunks. this blog site is like porn for the rabid opera fan. and yes, opera fans can be pretty hardcore. erm. let me re-phrase that. opera fans are known to be very passionate about this particular art form.
don't let the bejeweled, dressed to the nines, well heeled ladies who attend opera fool you. yes, the singing is key as well as the acting and chemistry, but let's not discount the obvious and that is the hawtness of these singers. you're going to watch a performance for 3 hours, it may as well be enjoyable.
okay, i got to stop objectifying these men now.
but should one be oogling the barihunks website, a word of warning: don't get caught licking your computer screen.