Now it's Carla and Sarkozy the opera
Today's Guardian reports - 'The whirlwind romance of French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni is set to reach the operatic stage. The highlight of English National Opera's 2009/10 season is the newly commissioned A Dangerous Liaison with a libretto based on the French best-selling book Carla and Nicolas: Chronicle Of A Dangerous Liaison by Chris Laffaille and Paul-Eric Blanrue and music by Damon Albarn.
Singing the lead roles in the production scheduled to open in September 2009 are Michael Ball and Charlotte Church. The new opera is a joint production with the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and New York City Opera and will also be broadcast on BBC4 TV. ENO chief executive Loretta Tomasi said "This exciting new opera follows on from our critically acclaimed productions of Kismet and Aida and underlines our commitment to engage with new audiences".'
Read more about Carla Bruni's musical connections here
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But I rather regret not running the orginal headline for this story -
English National Opera stages new Bling Cycle
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I'm not much for April Fool's Day jokes—I'd much rather pull a hoax when everybody's not expecting one—but Pliable passes along a fine example of the genre from today's Guardian.
from - http://sohothedog.blogspot.com/2008/04/salut-la-france.html
Come on Matthew, the Guardian's jokes aren't that good - check where the link leads.
The depressing thing is that it's all too believable in terms of what ENO and the Chatelet would do to pander to young audiences and people who don't like opera but will buy tickets to non-opera things like your joke.
I try to nuance these stories -
This is so credible …. That it took me a while to notice which day we are …