Friday, August 22, 2008

Edwin Crossley-Mercer






Born in 1982, Edwin Crossley-Mercer first studied the clarinet and singing at the same time as his German studies. In 2000 he entered the Versailles Centre de Musique Baroque, going on to further study in nineteenth-century repertoire. He has performed both the baroque and classical repertoire in concert appearances and has performed in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mozart's "Deh, Vieni alla Finestra" from Don Giovanni

He can't sing, but who cares! No one ever said that you had to be able to sing to make it on this site. Check out http://barihunks.blogspot.com/2008/04/kai-florian-bischoff-scarihunk.html

Teddy Bare's Assets Praised by Major Papers


Teddy Tahu Rhodes has apparently seduced a few more people than his loyal fans. Here is what the stuffy Wall Street Journal and the esteemed New York Times had to say about his performance in Billy Budd in Santa Fe:

Wall Street Journal: The baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, singing the title role for the first time, impressively captured Billy's macho brio and his vulnerability. He was also physically well-qualified, since he could swing acrobatically from the rigging of Robert Innes Hopkins's workable warship set. Tenor William Burden, who ceded his frequent status as bare-chested beefcake to the well-sculpted Mr. Rhodes for this opera, had the gravitas, emotional range, high notes and lyricism needed for Captain Vere.

NY Times: There is no single Billy Budd look. He can be boyish or a dreamer or a lost soul baffled by the effect he has on people. At 6-foot-5, with his athletic build and six-pack abs, close-ups of which can be seen on numerous opera Web sites, Mr. Rhodes is a towering, rambunctious and jocklike Billy. On being pressed into service, Billy is made a foretop man, and repeatedly throughout the performance Mr. Rhodes climbs up and down rigging with abandon, sometimes using only his arms.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Marketing of Erwin Schrott






[All photos from the Decca marketing video, except for "Mythic," which is a D&G model looking like the next Schrott album cover.]

After years of watching the sexy, glamorous marketing of sopranos, it looks like the guys are finally getting their turn. Who better to launch the glamorfest than hunky Erwin Schrott and Decca is going all out with Dolce & Gabbana-looking press photos, videos and interviews with Schrott in his barihunkiest roles. I can't wait for the Netrebko-Schrott duet album, which undoubtedly is in the works.

I'm glad to see that opera is keeping up with pop culture when it comes to sexy. This is what will keep opera alive, especially if they continue to market singers who look good AND who can sing.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Barihunk and Hunkentenor together on CD




One of Barihunks most loyal readers sent these pictures of Mariusz Kwiecien who we both have a mad crush on (despite our relationship status!). The pictures reminded me that the grossly underrecoreded Hot Pole sings the duet "Venti scudi" from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore with the adorable tenor Juan Diego Florez on the latter's new CD.

You can purchase it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bel-Canto-Spectacular/dp/B0014QNG9G/ref=pd_bxgy_m_h__img_a

Craig Verm



Craig Verm established his reputation with the Pittsburgh Opera and set hearts aflutter with his shirtless portrayal of the Novice’s Friend in Britten’s Billy Budd [center photo]. That same season he portrayed Mercutio in Gounod’s Romeo & Juliette with the company, who has one of the better eyes for barihunk talent.

After a run of Gordon’s Grapes of Wrath in Pittsburgh, he heads to Italy to sing in two of our favorite operas at Barihunks, Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mozart's Die Zauberfl├Âte.

We hope to see a lot more of Verm and thank a reader for tipping us off to this up and comer. If you have a barihunk that you'd like to see on the site, email me at barihunks@gmail.com.

Friday, August 8, 2008

You are about to see Erwin Schrott's briefs!


Legal briefs, that is. According to Tom Service on the Guardian blog, Schrott is being sued for having canceled two performances.

It's just been confirmed that Erwin Schrott, the beefcake of the international baritone world, and the man that many straight male opera-lovers love to hate (he's affianced to the Russian diva du jour Anna Netrebko), is to be issued with High Court proceedings by Ian Rosenblatt.

Schrott is being sued as he cancelled not one, but two appearances as part of the Rosenblatt Recitals series; the first three years ago, the latest this spring.

Where many promoters would simply grit their teeth and pander to the suddenly indisposed star, Rosenblatt instead asked Schrott to make a donation to charity for the same amount that he'd cost the series after the last cancellation, a concert with the Philharmonia that should have taken place in June. Schrott refused.

Rosenblatt's reaction was uncompromising: "I was disgusted by Mr Schrott's previous disregard for his audience and his contractual obligations, but to then turn down an offer to settle by making a payment to charity is a new low even for him. Therefore, proceedings have now been issued in the High Court and we await his return to the UK so that they can be served".

He's also been reported saying, "He's a fool. He refused to explain why he was cancelling. Now he's hiding from me, but I'm going to hunt him down."

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Teddy Bare-Chested



My Santa Fe spy tells me that Teddy Tahu Rhodes was shirtless for much of Billy Budd in Santa Fe, but pictures have yet to surface. If you have any, send them to MikeOpera@mac.com and I will post them. (Because we NEVER get tired of seeing "Teddy Bare" bare-chested.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Kwiecien Impersonates Hvorostovsky



Mariusz Kwiecien did his best Dmitri Hvorostovsky impersonation in Sante Fe, sporting a mane of white hair much like the one that our beloved Siberian barihunk sports naturally. We think that the Hot Pole will age as well as his fellow barihunk.

Scott Cantrell of the Dallas Morning News wrote:

Mariusz Kwiecien, reprising the role he sang in the 2002 Dallas Opera Figaro, is certainly a virile Almaviva, with a dapper baritone to match. But here's where I part company with Mr. Kent, estimable theater director though he is. Almaviva might be a "mere" count, but surely he would express his randiness more subtly than in these crude gropings of naughty parts.
We'd like to know more about those crude gropings of naughty parts and does anyone have pictures?