'I think therefore I am.'  Descartes            'I AM THAT I AM.'  Exodus.3.        'I am what I am.'  La Cage aux Folles

30 November 2012

New Opera Gems

Valer Barna-Sabadus
Romanian born Counter Tenor living in Germany. He kindly agreed to add me to his facebook list. Listen to this special voice. 
in Artaserse by Leonardo Vinci
Valer Barna-Sabadus Web Site

Artaserse is over three hours of the most amazing singing from an all male cast. Included are also the worlds most impressive singers Max Emanuel Cencic, Philippe Jaroussky. Five Counter-Tenors and one Tenor.
Max Emanuel Cencic New Album
You will have to watch recording on Youtube

Gay Don Giovanni goes to a Gay Nightclub

More Don Giovanni here
Opera Marriage Equality
From the Met to Opera Australia and marries Australian Cabaret singer.

Hilarious "I Think He's Gay" by Pussy Tourette

'Glitter and be Gay' 
from Candide by Leonard Bernstein on Broadway. A wonderful piece for a melodramatic soprano or even a drama/drag queen.

Aureliano in Palmira
The new DVD of Rossini's Aureliano in Palmira with my dear friend and spectacular rising star, the Romanian tenor Bogdan Mihai. The cast also includes a Facebook friend, the stratospheric soprano Maria Aleida and the brilliant countertenor Franco Fagioli.

Opera CD's are getting Sexier
Shots for cover of Simone Kermes CD 'Dramma'
Virgin Classics beautiful angelic Counter Tenor covers.
Opera Atelia Toronto - WOW.
Based in Toronto this Baroque Opera Company certainly know how to promote and stage operas that make them outstandingly pleasing to the eye. Beautiful in style and substance. More companies could benefit from such an approach and get themselves noticed by an expanded audience.  There is an old saying. "Sex sells!"
Check them out here http://www.operaatelier.com/

26 November 2012

Sexy Horror

Once there was Nosferatu
But Vampires got sexier.

I recall when I was younger a Vampire was an ancient, evil, amoral, blood sucking maniac. He did have a certain mystique and occasionally a touch of tall dark and handsome but would always turn nasty. Today he is more likely to be a gentle, attractive moral hero if not a superhero. Few Vampires actually want to be blood suckers in the current batch of sexy heart throbs.  Boys and girls swoon over the appeal of the 'bad boy' who might be changed and if not changed could become at least an exciting lover. He may be generally adorable, but lives on that dangerous edge of self control. He will be the best sex, but the titillating excitement exists that he might just bite you. The premise is that there is something basic and sensual about the exchange of blood that brings about almost orgasmic pleasure to both. It is intimate and it is sharing the life force. How much closer to intimacy can you get?
Blood and Donuts

This 1995 Canadian film has always been one of my favourite films for its quirkiness and cuteness. Both the confused Vampire Boya played by Gordon Currie and the Taxi driver Earl played by Louis Ferreira (Stargate Universe) are wonderful. The completely unusual voices, the story and the friendship are original and endearing. There is a great cameo by David Cronenberg.
Vampires David Boreanaz, James Masters and Werewolf Seth Green strip off in Joss Whedon's cult classic 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'.
Queen of the Damned
The 2002 Australian Vampire film just oozed with sensuality. Stuart Townsend was a particularly stunning Lestat and a pretty Robert Farnham son of Australian eternal pop singer Johnny Farnham was a surprise. You will notice Claudia Black (Stargate) as well. 
The Pretty Vampires in Twilight and Vampire Diaries
While on Australians there is the fabulous beautiful and talented Xavier Samuel. The first time I saw him in a film I thought this boy will go far. Yes he is now an international actor. He started with some gay roles then a Vampire in Twilight and then further. I have 10 of his DVD's to date.
Brother Vampires with homoerotic tendencies. Not an ugly actor on the lot. The beautiful ex-model with eye liner eyes Ian Somerhalder and square jawed Paul Wesley.
Gay Vampires fill the imagination, TV - The Lair and now even Porn -Twinklight.
The Very Campy 'Love Bites' 1992
Goodness knows where this sucker came from.
And of course the Vampire Musical - I Kissed a Vampire.

Werewolves always end up naked
One of the draw-backs about turning into a wolf is that your clothes don't fit. You either have to strip first which is done by the sensible modern Werewolf or they get ripped to shreds when you become a large carnivorous monster. This is one of the great appeals of Werewolves. They always end up naked or at least should.
An American Werewolf in London
Being Human 
with fabulous Russell Tovey in the original English series who spent so much time showing us his uncensored butt on a regular basis. It is refreshing to see normal attractive bodies in British series.
Teen Wolf
The cast of Teen Wolf are ridiculously attractive. I don't think an unattractive person is allowed near the set. They may not be naked as they should be if it were not for American censorship which is largely unknown elsewhere in the western world, but they all must live at the gym like too many American actors and there are very few shirts in the wardrobe.
Hemlock Grove
 Canadian Landon Liboiron as the wolf who does show his butt and the mysterious Sweed Bill Skarsgard. Much better written and the acting is superb. Being filmed in Canada means there is more guts and a little nudity unlike a series like Teen Wolf filmed in the US and with US actors..

I Was a Teenage Werebear
Part of a four film collection Chillerama this short 'I Was A Teenage Werebear' stars Sean Paul Lockart (Adult Gay Superstar Brent Corrigan) singing as well as looking fabulous. he is developing a new career and is having a great time doing it.
The Fades
Ian De Caestecker has an orgasm and sprouts wings in this original BAFTA winning series 'The Fades'. Then he goes into battle with the Apocalypse. A truly good series.
Note the British lack of censorship or the look of steroids.

18 November 2012

A Fat and Fabulous Swan

Friday the 16th November at the Powerhouse I saw 32 year old Helpmann Award Nominee Trevor Ashley in the very adult panto Fat Swan. (Think Black Swan or in this case Swine Lake and the Black Pig). Suffering from anorexia, 40 year old Natalie Portley is the neurotic dancer who feels overweight and we see what she sees. An overbearing Mother a lecherous choreographer and a strident competitor are some of the multiple roles taken on by the cast. Trevor Ashley is crude, hilarious and immensely talented. He has a superb voice, quick wit and an outrageous personality. The audience with some involvement shouted true and obscene Panto (look behind you style) warnings, whistled, laughed non stop and applauded all evening in this cabaret style presentation. The cast were brilliant all round with Tara Morice (Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge, BAFTA Nominee), Brendan Moar - Award Winning TV personality) and Lisa Adam.
            Tara Morice                         Brendan Moar               Lisa Adam

Some of the many roles in Trevor Ashley's ever expanding career.
Trashley (Annie)
             Priscilla                               Hairspray            Diamonds Are For Trevor

Liza On An E
 The Producers
Trevor Ashley on Youtube

02 November 2012

A Boy in a Dress

On the Thursday the 1st November I attended a performance in the premiere season of Australian playwright David Williamson's new comedy for The Queensland Theatre Company 'Managing Carmen' at the Playhouse QPAC. Since receiving a standing ovation at the first preview evening (the first ever at a preview claimed David Williamson) this play has been universally praised with glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Starting with the premise that 23 year old football hero Brent Lyall with the beautiful girlfriend, two Brownlow Medals and captain of one of the most powerful football clubs in Australia has a secret. He likes to wear a dress.
The evening began with loud laughter and continued that way for the next two hours. Tim Dashwood as the handsome football star looked fabulous in a dress and had the legs to impress anyone. His manager played by John Batchelor was a brilliant fool. All in all the cast were fantastic and the quick lines of Williamson were delivered at times frenetically on the revolving set with scenes as short as a few seconds. It was brilliant how the play went with great pace from one scene to another so seamlessly in this inspired set and under the insightful direction of the QTC Artistic director Wesley Enoch. I met some people who were returning again to experience this wild ride. A play about tolerance and a happy ending is a great night out. We were also doubly rewarded by a lively Q and A with the director and all 5 cast members on stage after the show while two thirds of the audience stayed for an extra half hour getting to know some background for the show and their experiences. It was fun to find out how to jump on a revolving stage in high stilettos when you are a boy in a dress.
70 year old David Williamson has been writing some of the most successful plays in Australia for over 40 years. Around 44 plays and 23 screenplays and teleplays in all. He has received dozens of awards and honours. Over the years I have been to several premiers of his new works and they are almost guaranteed of being wonderful nights out.
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