It's easy to criticize. I do it all the time. But I decided not to blog here on Huffington my feelings about the recent Oscars show -- but I must comment that any show that opens with an offensive song entitled "We Saw Your Boobs" has a real problem.
Richard Wagner was his favorite composer and Arno Breker his official house sculptor -- but Adolf Hitler's taste in art was surprisingly broad -- and gaudy -- judging by a vast archive of some 11,000 Nazi-era exhibition installation photos now published online for the first time.
Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.
I am not an ardent Wagnerite. Nor am I a fan of Francsca Zambella, who has directed a Ring Cycle for the San Francisco Opera. But how often do you find yourself in a place where they're doing "Rheingold"?
And they said things were bad in the 70's. The dirt, the porno shops, the Disco. All that is now a fond memory for many New Yorkers who gamely braved that bit of Hades to attend a real Broadway musical.
Although music critics never cease to be amazed at the longevity of Placido Domingo's vocal apparatus, they are now critical of his management of LA Opera and Washington National Opera, which are both in financial disarray.