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Courtney Love Starts A New Career In Opera


Goddess gown … Courtney Love in Kansas City Choir Boy Photograph: Cory Weaver/Prototype festival

Courtney Love has a new adventure, and as usual she wants make us to believe that the role was built for her, around her life. This is so pathetic but so Courtney Love at the same time. She is Athena in Todd Almond’s opera ‘Kansas City Choir Boy’, yes you read this right, opera, and I can’t imagine that her voice, that Rolling Stone describes as a ‘powerful and visceral instrument’ (while kissing her ass all over the article) or that the Guardian qualifies of ‘amphibian’, can actually be even close to operatic! Call ‘Kansas City Choir Boy’ a rock musical or whatever you want, but not opera….

Anyway, it opened on Thursday night in New York, in a very small place, ‘a room the size of a modest loft apartment’, featuring a string quartet seated in the audience, plus a chorus of dancers on a stage ‘the size of three parking spots’… if it is a new career for Love, it’s definitively a modest new beginning. Never mind, the Hole frontwoman is still a diva and makes it very clear, she can relate to the story: the opera is about two Midwestern lovers, who are pulled apart by the woman’s ambition, which takes her to New York City. She explained to Billboard:

‘A boy and a girl that are the coolest in town, like Minneapolis, where I had a boyfriend who looked like a Botticelli painting. He was in a little band, and I made him come to L.A. with me, and he crashed and burned. He couldn’t deal. It’s infamous in Minneapolis local lore that I broke up this band — I think they were called The Bastards. I took their drummer — he was dumb, but he was gorgeous. We couch-toured. I was working at the Seventh Veil [strip club], bringing home the bacon. And he just couldn’t deal with what I wanted. If I didn’t make it, I’d f—ing jump off a roof. Seriously. I didn’t have a plan B. So, I can definitely relate to her ambition. I understand this character’s need to get out of Kansas City, but she’s in love. This is real vivid, Kurt-and-me kind of love.’

Of course, self-centered Courtney because it’s always about you and your destructive, tear-everything-apart nature. How can people still manage to find her interesting? Meanwhile, Love raves about the talent of Todd Almond, whose husband is Love’s agent, and at the same time, she manages to stab in the back one of her exes:

‘I was listening to Todd play the other day, and I remembered when I used to date Trent Reznor, who is very talented and has his own thing, but Todd’s is better. Me and Trent would f— around at the old Sunset Marquis [in Hollywood]. There was a grand piano — he would play and I would chanteuse it out. How fabulous that I got someone better than Trent!’

I have to look for a few quotes from Trent about her, right there, because this woman is a bad, bad joke:

‘No, I didn’t fuck Courtney Love. She’s a manipulator and a careerist’ declared Reznor at some point. ‘If she died tomorrow, I wouldn’t shed a tear. She’s a very evil person’, I just had to add these to put things in perspective…

So I don’t know if Courtney Love will have a second, third, fourth,… career in opera, but as usual, she is just in need of attention and desperately wants a come back, which is here conveniently provided by a friend.






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